Imaad Zuberi: An Example to Emulate
By Arshad Kazmi
PV-TV, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA: On Saturday January 21, 2012 at the Association of Physicians of Pakistani-descent of North America (APPNA) event at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena a couple of Pakistani-American physicians and Council of Pakistani-America Affairs President approached and requested Imaad Zuberi to help a deserving Pakistani doctor who had two job offers from Chicago hospitals in United States but was denied a visa twice for failing to provide proof of being financially sound.
Having heard the young doctor’s predicament, Imaad agreed to look into the case. Thanks to his timely initiative and help the Pakistani doctor was issued the US visa within two days. He will be arriving in America to take up a residency soon.
For all the good work he has done Imaad Zuberi never asked for anything in return; he does not seek fame or recognition. When I asked what prompted him to take pains to help the doctor, he simply replied, "It was the right thing to do".
Imaad went on to explain: First, the United States is in need of physicians and the Pakistani physician in need of help was one of the top students in one of the top Pakistani medical colleges (Dow Medical College). Imaad said the Pakistani-trained physician would probably be willing to work in a rural setting in America, where American medical school physicians are not too eager to go. He said we need the smartest people to come to America to continue to make the country the great place it is and has been. This is the spirit that nurtures America’s creative impulse, this is what the Statute of Liberty manifestly spells out: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
Secondly, he said the Pakistani student was twice denied the visa because he could not show the needed financial strength to go back. Imaad said that by doing what he did he tried to help an underprivileged Pakistani student; not only will his life undergo a wholesome transition but his family's life too will be drastically transformed.
Imaad said this is what he was taught to do: to help the people who need help. In the past people have helped him too when he needed their help.
Imaad Zuberi is Co-Vice Chair of National Finance Committee (NFC) of Obama for President, National Co-Chair of Technology for Obama (Tech4O), National Co-Chair of Generational Forty Four (Gen44), National Co-Chair of Asian-Americans Pacific Islanders for Obama (AAPI). By profession, Imaad is a partner in a venture capital and boutique international consulting firm. We need more people like him, who will help others (one-person at a time) without getting anything in return to make this world a better place.