One week after the Congress passed the historic Phase 3 CARES Act, over 45 Pakistani American leaders convened for an in depth discussion. Participants were from New Hampshire to California and dozens of states in between.
This was the first in an education series known as PAKPAC Engage. For the benefit of the community, the slide deck is included for your review.
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Thank you to Dr. Iqbal and Shahida Nasir for hosting Congresswoman Debbie Dingell at their home in Michigan. Many topics were covered, including possible future trade with Pakistan and the prospect of President Trump visiting India. Being in the important swing state of Michigan, the 2020 election was discussed. The Congresswoman reminded the community that every vote matters and that Pakistani-Americans need to raise their voice. PAKPAC National Board President Dr. Rao Kamran Ali flew in from Texas for this special discussion.
We thank Congresswomen Chrissy Houlahan and Susan Wild for meeting with APPNA (Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America) physicians at this PAKPAC event organized at the APPNA Strategy Meeting hotel. There was an excellent discussion about human rights issues in Kashmir, APPNA health projects in Pakistan, and the need to improve access to Pakistan business opportunities.
On November 23rd, Congressman Colin Allred, a new member to Congress and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, spent the early afternoon discussing the Kashmir crisis with Dallas PAKPAC members. The Congressman asked for the input of PAKPAC members regarding policy options for when he returns to the Foreign Affairs Committee. He committed to making himself and staff more accessible to the Pakistani-American community in the future.
We thank Congressman David Trone (D-MD), a member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, for speaking at the home of PAKPAC National Board member, Fundi Choudry, to have a discussion with PAKPAC members. The Congressman spoke on the need for increased trade in Pakistan and the dire situation in Kashmir.
Last night, Haley Stevens, a young Congresswoman from a “purple” district joined National Board Member, Asad Malik, and other PAKPAC members in West Bloomfield, Michigan, for an afternoon discussion. We thank the Congresswoman for her time and look forward to future discussions.
We praise PAKPAC National Board member Riffat Chughtai and her husband Mubashar for convening a town hall with Congressman Mike Doyle (PA-18) of Pittsburgh last week. Well done!
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We applaud PAKPAC National Board member, Fundi Choudry, for taking time from his busy schedule to have a private strategy discussion with Senator Chris Van Hollen. The Senator traveled to Pakistan last week and Fundi met with him immediately after to strategize.
It was a packed house in Michigan last night!
Big thank you to National Board Member Asad Malik, Uzma Rehman, and Michigan PAKPAC members for taking time out of their Friday night for a timely discussion on national security with Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (MI-8), an important voice on the Armed Services Committee.
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