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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On Wednesday, September 18th, a week before the UN General Assembly convened, PAKPAC members from 18 different states took the time to visit Washington for intense bipartisan advocacy efforts around Kashmir.
We applaud the work of PAKPAC champions Congressman Jim Banks of the Armed Services Committee and Congresswoman Susan Wild of the Foreign Affairs Committee in elevating the issue of Kashmir widely across the Congress and demanding attention and action from the new US Ambassador to the United Nations.
Representative Madeleine Dean, a leader on the Judiciary Committee, led a tele-town hall meeting on gun violence and on the recent crisis in Kashmir. During the meeting, Representative Dean promised to spend more time learning about the situation in Kashmir to best uphold humanitarian principles and American values. In 2018, PAKPAC members hosted a Get Out the Vote rally with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Madeleine.
Representative Susan Wild, an active member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, brought call attendees up to speed on developments over the last six months while serving on the committee. Topics discussed on the tele-call, which took place on June 26th, ranged from Iran to China’s Uighur Muslims. The call was part of the Women’s Leadership Network. Community leaders from the around the country who want “Congress in their living room” have signed up. Calls are also free for certain membership tiers.
On Tuesday May 21st, we hosted our 3rd Annual Bipartisan Congressional Iftar and celebrated the relaunch of the Pakistan Caucus on the rooftop of our office overlooking Capitol Hill.
We celebrated not only our faith but also what truly makes America great. We celebrated our Constitution and our ability as everyday Americans to worship freely and engage with our elected officials.
Our celebration was joined by more than 75 community leaders who came in from over 15 different states. We enjoyed remarks from our keynote speakers Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Rep. Sheila Lee Jackson (D-TX) and were also joined by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA), Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH). These leaders hold positions on key committees like the House Armed Services Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee, Committee on Homeland Security, and Judiciary Committee.
This was an especially significant night because this was the only Iftar held in Washington this year which featured attendance from both Democrats and Republicans.