time the spring in Delaware Valley was very short . During the month of May, the weather
is generally pleasant and the nights are cool. This time May has ushered in early summer
and temperature has started touching 90 0F. Pakistani community welcomed the
spring by celebrating Pakistan Day on March 25th in Trenton area of New Jersey.
A number of local public figures were invited to join the celebration. Ms. Janice Miller
who is an American singer was the featured artist for this evening. She effortlessly sang
Pakistani new and old songs. The lady sing sings very well and her pronunciation of Urdu
and Punjabi words is excellent although she can not read or write Urdu.
The spring in the USA starts from the south and gradually works its way up
North. The Washington DC has Cherry Blossom. For about one week, the Mall area looks like
a valley of flowers in a dreamland. The people come from far away places to see the cherry
blossom. Some people go to the mall area near Washington monument very early in the
morning before the sunrise to enjoy the first sight of flowers. Gradually, the naked trees
start getting new leaves and within a few weeks, the landscape completely changes.
I have observed a characteristic in Americans over many years. Americans are very friendly people. If you happen to share a ride on an airplane, American sitting next will open his whole life within a few hours. But as soon as he is on the ground, he will go his own way and will not even look back. I have seen people working together in company for decades. During this time they are very friendly but if anyone leaves the company, then association of many years is quickly forgotten and they never look back. American people move fast in search of better career opportunities. Whereever they settle, they quickly start in the church, community and other civic activities. Everything about the past is forgotten. This is obvious in the relationship with Pakistan and Afghanistan. After the defeat of Russians in Afghanistan, nobody here talk of brave Afghan fighters. Therefore, Pakistan should not have any misconception about so called special relationship.
After having made this observation, I believe that the decision
making American people are highly knowledgeable. In April, the Villanova University in
greater Philadelphia area hosted a seminar about Islam. The professors of religion from
many American universities attended the seminar and read their research papers about
various aspects of Islam. After listening to few of the speakers, it became clear that
their understanding of Islamic societies and history is better than Muslim scholars.
Professor Khurshid Ahmed from Pakistan delivered his keynote address on Islamic Economic