Suggest a Caption: United States of …

Posted on November 8, 2008
Filed Under >A for [Pine]Apple, Foreign Relations, Photo of the Day
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Asma Mirza

I stumbled upon this picture on Flickr. In backdrop of recent US elections and its impacts on Pakistan, I found it quite interesting.

What comes to your mind? Suggest a caption please!

Image: Hina Imtiaz on Flickr.

40 Comments on “Suggest a Caption: United States of …”

  1. Zafar says:
    November 8th, 2008 1:56 pm

    I am unable to suggest any comment, the only thing that I hope is that this old man I hope is not using it for saying his prayers.

  2. Watan Aziz says:
    November 8th, 2008 2:26 pm

    For one, this picture was most likely staged.

    But beyond that, it is also quite likely that the gentleman does not know what the cloth represents.

    And the right answer (ala Colin Powel) is that as long as the cloth is clean (which it appears to be), the gentleman’s prayers (if performed) are per acceptable norms.

    None of us are appointed to pronounce on the intentions of others.

    Khaliq knows; and knows best.

  3. Eidee Man says:
    November 8th, 2008 2:51 pm

    While I like the vast majority of posts on Pakistaniat that center around a single interesting image, I have to tell you that pictures like this give a tabloid-like quality to this otherwise well-respected site.

    I know your goal is to represent the entire spectrum of Pakistaniat, but do we really need to every idiot in every corner of the country?

    As mentioned by ‘Watan Aziz’ above, this man doesn’t seem like he is intentionally trying to make a statement by sitting on a flag. It definitely looks like someone staged this photograph, since it plays right into the stereotype the West has: a bearded, poor man who seems to have stepped right out of the tribal areas.

  4. Talha says:
    November 8th, 2008 3:02 pm

    I think he is Begging while sitting on yhis flag.As our Govt. is begging from the other countries in the form of grant.Where is the tax going,which we pay???????

  5. wasiq says:
    November 8th, 2008 3:40 pm

    Its quite pitiful that Pakistanis are being blown to bits daily by predator drones and helicopter gun ships and the only resistance we can muster is to use the flag of our tormentors as a prayer rug.

  6. Firdous says:
    November 8th, 2008 5:33 pm

    I do not think this man is trying to disrespect the flag but I do think it is disrespectful to e sitting on anyone’s flag. I would not like someone doing this to my flag so I do not like that he is doing this to another country’s flag.

  7. Firdous says:
    November 8th, 2008 5:34 pm

    Also, I think this shows the failure of our own government that our poor have to sit on the footpath begging like this.

  8. Javed says:
    November 8th, 2008 5:44 pm

    Seems like he is getting ready to pray and is using teh flag as a prayer mat because he does not have anything else.

  9. Rehman says:
    November 8th, 2008 6:03 pm

    Keeping both Allah and US happy?

  10. Asma says:
    November 8th, 2008 6:05 pm

    Watan e aziz

    it is also quite likely that the gentleman does not know what the cloth represents

    Very much possible.

  11. Bangash says:
    November 8th, 2008 6:14 pm

    At first glance, I thought this guy was begging.

  12. Qausain Ali says:
    November 8th, 2008 6:15 pm

    Waiting for “Imdaad”

    (Baba G … don’t take panga with Americans … if Obama-bin-Hussain will see this … Orra day ga apko …Please apna khyal rakhain!)

  13. adeel says:
    November 8th, 2008 10:14 pm

    I thought he was using the flag as a prayer mat!

  14. bhutto says:
    November 9th, 2008 1:36 am

    Bana kar faqeeron ka ham bheis ghalib
    Tamashae ahl-e-karam deikhtey hain….

  15. benazir says:
    November 9th, 2008 1:38 am

    Kabhi ham bhee tum bhee they aashna…..

    America taken over by Mulla

  16. Umar Shah says:
    November 9th, 2008 1:40 am

    Pathan Bhai Pista…
    Amreeka pay maatha ghista

  17. Umar Shah says:
    November 9th, 2008 1:42 am

    Oh wait wait…

    Topak Zaman Qanoon Deh
    Sweet home Alabama

  18. essa says:
    November 9th, 2008 7:12 am

    what should we do laugh or cry,but its crazy and hurtful at the same time.
    probably the guy offering prayer has no idea what kind of design on cloth is there, he is just offering his prayers to remain in touch with his true supporter ALLAH.

  19. November 9th, 2008 8:35 am

    Praying for help?

    Hammad ul Haq

  20. Hypocrite says:
    November 9th, 2008 9:03 am

    Amerika mera bichoona
    Tu he hai mera auRhona

    Doon gaalian main raat din
    Jab tak rahoon main tere bin

    Jis din melay visa tera
    Tu hey mera dholna

  21. Jawahar says:
    November 9th, 2008 9:51 am

    How about this for a title…

    “Enlightened Moderation”? ;-)

  22. Humi says:
    November 9th, 2008 11:02 am

    Ya Allah ye des ko bachao
    America ko humara sathi banao
    aur humme Jannat
    ke raste me lao.

  23. Heer says:
    November 9th, 2008 4:12 pm

    A-mere-AAka madad! :P

  24. raza ali khan says:
    November 9th, 2008 8:06 pm

    “In God we trust”

  25. PerDesi says:
    November 9th, 2008 10:13 pm

    Aa gaya ain ladai mein agar waqte namaaz………

    Let’s take it lightly, humor is specially useful in tough times.

  26. Aisha says:
    November 10th, 2008 1:25 am

    My first thoughts are is the man in the pic on American Soil? If not then what he does with the US flag is irrelevant and meaningless if I am correct in assuming that this man is not American.

    Secondly, it appears as if he’s going to use it as a prayer mat?
    If that’s the case then the fact that he is violating the Flag Codes of putting the flag on the ground and having it upside down is irrelevant. Love for God comes before love of mother, father, child, spouse, siblings, self, and country.

    On the other hand, if he is on US soil and has layed the flag on the ground and upside down in attempt to show disrespect then he shouldn’t be on US soil. It is wrong to disrespect your host be it a person or country. That is just common couteousy which separates the classes.

    The Flag Code of the United States says that flying the flag upside down is a sign of distress involving great danger to life or property. It is NOT a sign of disrespect at all, but a sanctioned way of flying the flag under dire circumstances.

    Now…Caption Ideas (I’m being optimistic and thinking the best):
    Man prays for America.
    Remembering Allah in America.

  27. SoMi says:
    November 10th, 2008 3:30 am

    Lets take it lightly

    “A step towards Muslim America”

  28. Anwar says:
    November 10th, 2008 9:08 am

    Magic Carpet – for those who want to fly high and far..

  29. Salman says:
    November 10th, 2008 7:12 pm

    Here are a few:

    “Chaacha Sameer exposed as the real ‘Uncle Sam’”
    “Uncle Sam falls on hard times”
    “Red, White and Blue … Now with Brown”
    “Star-Trampled Banner”
    “No, I’m not praying, I’m in line for Umreekan Idol”

  30. November 10th, 2008 11:28 pm

    It is his ignorance.

  31. uncle sam says:
    November 11th, 2008 12:28 am

    Title: Jannat da mazza……
    Adil Sahib;
    Comments from Hina, For those who think this was staged:
    view profile
    S.N.Hussain [12days left 4 Bday] says:

    Lovely composition and concept
    Posted 6 days ago. ( permalink )
    view profile
    hina imtiaz says:

    he was sitting there like that!!…i just clicked..!!.

    thankyou anyway
    Posted 6 days ago. ( permalink )
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    S.N.Hussain [12days left 4 Bday] says:

    strange enuff to believe !! Where u found him
    Posted 6 days ago. ( permalink )
    view profile
    hina imtiaz says:

    Posted 6 days ago. ( permalink )

  32. Zecchetti says:
    November 11th, 2008 9:15 am


    On the one hand the US bombs Pakistani towns and villages in the north, and on the other hand Pakistanis celebrate US politics and wave its flag! Another symptom of a terminally ill country…

  33. Hassan says:
    November 11th, 2008 9:58 am

    Lets not read more into the picture than there is. A poor man trying to find whatever little comfort in whatever piece of cloth he can. That is all this is.

  34. Asma says:
    November 11th, 2008 12:29 pm

    @Zechetti: this poor man is not waving American flag at least. It is may be just a piece of cloth for him. Probably a piece of better quality.

  35. Aisha says:
    November 12th, 2008 8:38 pm


    Why does this man have to represent so much hatred?

    The Pakistani and US militaries are working side by side to prevent the Taliban and Al-Qaeda from taking over Pakistan and from regaining control of Afghanistan. From what I have read there have been no intentional bombings inside of Pakistan. I could be very wrong but how do you suggest they go about stopping the large numbers of elusive militants? Pakistani and American soldiers as well as innocent people have also died accidently by misguided missles in Afghanistan and intentionally by militants. However, the militaries have been repeatedly targeted and robbed by militants. Should they be permitted to steal 20 armored vehicles and truck loads of military supplies? lol….I think not. Perhaps one should be more supportive of the military than the militant suicide bombers who are intentionally killing innocent women, children, men and soldiers in Pakistan every single day.

    NO one likes war or living in fear and that’s why the militants have to be captured and stopped or it will never ever end if they are continually permitted to do as they please. ie. why stop robbing, killing, and raping if your not going to be punished? Mass brainwashing that turns men into militants has taken place. Eventually, militants and perspective militants will get the message that the odds are stacked against them and engaging in militant behavior will not be beneficial or without punishment…they will be held accountable. I would like to know “exactly” for what cause they have been brainwashed to thinking they are operating for and then somebody please entlighten to the truth of right and wrong.

    It is sad that such organizations like the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and other militant groups have such support in their lack of care or consideration for the lives of innocent people that the military needs to be involved to minimize the loss of liberty to a country.

  36. Zecchetti says:
    November 13th, 2008 3:45 am

    @ Aisha,

    Living in the UK I clearly see an entirely different view as to what’s happening in Pakistan. The frontpage story on ATP about the honesty of the Pakistani media comes to mind. I’m sorry to see how brainwashed you are. Do you even have a clue on why the militants are attacking? Is it because they couldn’t find a hobby??? Of course not! They are fighting back because the US has been bombing their villages, bombing their brothers in Afghanistan and installing a puppet goverment there, and allthewhile the Pakistani government has turned their back on them and sided with the US for a fistful of dollars!

    Please try and see the bigger picture. It is truly regretful that you choose to side with the US, who in my mind will one day bomb all Muslim countries including Pakistan until we give up our religion and adopt their values…

  37. Bilal says:
    November 13th, 2008 4:59 am

    Watching this photograph, I couldn’t help but think of the lyrics (Below) to George Michaels song “Hand to mouth”:

    I believe in the gods of america
    I believe in the land of the free
    But no one told me

    That the gods believe in nothing
    So with empty hands i pray
    And from day to hopeless day
    They still don’t see me

  38. Aisha says:
    November 13th, 2008 2:10 pm


    What does your presence in the UK have to do with your perception? You have access to the internet and world wide news from endless sources to get an understanding of what is truly taking place. Propaganda exists but is not so easily believed when the world is now our eyes that quickly uncovers the lies or 1/2 truths.

    I’m sorry that your memory is limited and even though you live in the UK, your allegiance is to militants on a killing spree in Pakistan and Afghanistan? As I recall the militants were killing Afghanis and Pakistanis way before the USA went to Afghanistan. So, you are saying that the suicide bombings that take place regularly all over Pakistan in Public places is because of the US presence in Afghanistan? Next thing you will be saying that US presence is the reason Benazir Bhutto was killed? I’m not buying their excuses. At the “moment” it is just convenient for them to blame it on US presence in Afghanistan. Whose fault will it be when the US leaves? Whose fault was it before the US was there? Seems to me that any scapegoat will do or justify the killing of innocent people.

    As for siding with the US, I have not. However, I do have major concerns for Pakistan and their ability to fight off these militants if/when the US leaves. I believe their presence is doing some good and is making a difference. It is my opinion that the militants want to take over an already unstable Pakistan.

    As for violence being a hobby for militants, lets just say that the majority have an uneducated Jahlat mentality and have been spoon fed a twisted perception of Islam (since that is supposedly their true cause) to win their loyalty to the cause. They simply don’t know that what they do goes against Islam and fighting for any cause however its been twisted is better than feeling like they are doing nothing with their lives or for their families. Besides, I believe their families are compensated financially and in many cases that is the most that these militants could ever hope to contribute to their families financial situation. What’s really ironic is the limited knowledge of Islam and practically complete ignorance of the Sunnah or Ahadiths by those supposedly fighting for Shariah Law.

    I believe that militants are fighting against the ideals of the original founder of Pakistan. They want to create their own Pakistan. They want to deny democracy in Pakistan. They want Pakistan to be governed soley by Shariah Law (which personally I don’t think is a bad thing); however, it would depend on exactly who and how punishment was distributed. If it’s anything like the Taliban was doing in Afghanistan then I say they can keep their hypocritical interpretation and enforcement of Shariah Law. Since they are incapable of keeping themselves in check and/or abiding by Shariah Law themselves. Ultimately, the decision on how Pakistan should be governed should lie in the hands of Pakistani citizens and I believe the majority have spoken. Militant leaders are simply sore losers. If they are so righteous then why are their organizations’ actions condemned in Saudi Arab? Why have they been thrown out of Saudi Arab?

    Those are my thoughts and I will end commenting on this article any further because I see this leading to religious views and I don’t believe this forum should become a religious battleground nor does the pic of the ol’ man kneeling on “any” flag justify such diversion from what is taking place in the pic.

  39. Daud Malik says:
    November 19th, 2008 1:13 am

    The New Pakistan!

  40. hina(to whom this picture belongs to) says:
    November 25th, 2008 11:37 am

    okay so stumbled upon my pic here…you should have atleast asked before using it because it’s being used by a newspaper aswell!…but anyhow….i read all the comments and wow i must say about the last few…well just to settle things down … this guy was selling used goods..clothes etc ..and was absolutely clueless about the fact that he’s sitting on a flag of usa!!..yes ignorance is bliss…i asked him and he didn’t knew what usa meant!…he was from afghanistan though…flag was just a rug for him….i’m surprised how many ppl thought that he was praying….@ hassan i totally second you….this image wasn’t staged or what so ever this babaji was packing his stuff when i took this pic and he just smiled for the shot…sweet of him…

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