Dear Brother Umar & Dr. Shabbir,
We should not rush. It would be best if we do further studies, research, and pondering over this issue before reaching a decision once and for all. Also, the members of the Forum need an opportunity to read Dr. Qamar Zaman’s book “Haqiqat Soam” in English. I am done with ¾ of the book and hope to complete the rest within a week or so. Then, I will request Dr. Qamar Zaman once again to allow me to post the translation on the Forum in parts. Of course the book has to be published on his website first.
This job of translation could have been accomplished much earlier. My plan was to use time on weekends to do the job. But often I had to take trips to campuses on weekends to drop or buy stuff for our children. Then, early this month received letters from USCIS demanding more evidence to establish relationship before they could approve immigrant applications for my three brothers and sister. And they needed all the documents before Nov 12. As you know Paki agencies are terrible at keeping any type of records. They could not locate even a single birth record for the family and told us the records were either misplaced or lost. USCIS wanted an Official Statement from the relevant authority explaining why the birth records were not available. When asked for the Official Statement, they began to search for the birth records and, finally, located them in another district, not ours. In brief we got the birth certificates and an additional Affidavit as well. But the USCIS guys insisted they needed all the documents requested in the letter or else our applications would be denied. Paki agency would not give us the Statement on the grounds that they had already issued the birth certificates. It was like a catch 22. Finally, I reached a USCIS representative who had some good common sense. She agreed with me that a birth certificate was far better than an official statement to establish the relationship. She was kind enough to provide me with other valuable information about how to boast the evidence. Also, she gave me physical address of the USCIS, so I could send documents via FedEx for Overnight delivery.