Pakistan Consulate's One-Day Camp in Newark
By A. H. Cemendtaur
The Pakistani Consulate in Los Angeles serves a large area of Western USA, including the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas. On Saturday, May 8, the Consulate offered its consular services in Northern California through a one-day camp at the Mehran Restaurant in Newark. The camp was sponsored by Mian Shahbaz of the Pakistan Times.
The one-day camp of the Consulate worked from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. When this correspondent reached the camp at 9:50 am, the Consulate was in operation and over 50 people were waiting in the hall the camp was organized in. The first person served by the Consulate claimed to have reached the venue at four in the morning. By late afternoon, over fifty people were served and almost the same number waited in line.
The Consulate operated relatively smoothly, with a few shortcomings — people were not given receipts for the applications and documents they submitted. Applicants served by the camp saved their time and money making trips to Los Angeles.