We are PAKPAC
PAKPAC educates Pakistani-Americans on pressing policy debates and provides them a unique platform to influence these debates.
PAKPAC activities are governed by its National Board which elects a President for a three year term. Each member of the Board contributes at least $4,000 annually and is actively engaged in politics.
The Pakistani American Political Action Committee was founded in 1989 by a group of visionary Pakistani Americans. In an increasingly complex world, our founders saw a need for greater political coordination, activism and advocacy.
Today, our adopted home, the United States, stands at difficult foreign policy crossroads. Decisions made in Washington will affect future generations across the globe. PAKPAC members are impacting and educating policymakers.
PAKPAC is the only Pakistani-American organization registered with the Federal Election Commission. We are not affiliated with any political party in Washington or Islamabad. All PAKPAC funding and expenditures are public record as required by federal regulations.
We support candidates who are committed to federal policies that promote good governance, education and security in Pakistan and civil liberties in the United States.
The National Board
PAKPAC educates Pakistani-Americans on pressing policy debates and provides them a unique platform to influence these debates.
PAKPAC activities are governed by its National Board which elects a President for a two year term.
Each member of the Board contributes at least $4,000 annually and is actively engaged in politics.
Asad Malik is the President of PAKPAC National Board. He is also the CEO and President of the Amerilodge Group, a privately-owned company which manages, operates and owns hotels in the Midwestern United States. In 2018, Malik was named as one of DBusiness’ 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders and Amerilodge was listed as one of Crain’s Fast 50-Fastest Growing Companies. He was recognized by Ernst & Young as EY Entrepreneur of the Year and received the Michigan Economic Bright Spot Award. Prior to starting his career in hospitality, Asad held several executive leadership positions in finance at top hospitals in Michigan, including his last role as Vice President of Finance at Henry Ford West Bloomfield, part of the Henry Ford Health System.
Dr Uzma Rehman Ali
Dr Uzma Rehman Ali is a board certified Orthopedic Hand surgeon. Practicing in Metro Detroit area. She is involved in the education of the next generation of orthopedic surgeons. She joined and has served as President of the Michigan Chapter. She is currently serving as the National Board Treasurer.
She lives in Troy Michigan with her husband, Azhar and 3 children.
Saba Shabnam is a board-certified Family Medicine Physician practicing traditional, anti-aging and Bariatric medicine in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex for more than 14 years.
Saba graduated in 1996 from Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi with honors. She completed her Family Medicine training at the prestigious The Brooklyn Hospital Center affiliate Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City where she served as the Chief Resident. After residency she moved to the DFW area and has been working in private practice since 2005.
Saba is the Founding President of PAKPAC‘s Dallas Chapter. Under her tenure, the Dallas Chapter saw massive growth with it quickly becoming one of PAKPAC’s most powerful national chapters.
Jalil Khan specializes in preventive cardiology. He resides in Dallas, Texas, along with his four beautiful daughters and wife of 21 years, Ayesha. He was born and raised in Pakistan and graduated from the Allama Iqbal Medical School of Punjab University. Whether through planning 5,000 person national medical conventions, volunteer relief after the devastating 2010 Pakistan floods or participating in ACLU Dallas activities, he follows the words of Thomas Edison: “If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
Ijaz Chaudhry, Esq. is a second generation Pakistani-American who lives and works in the Philadelphia suburbs. His first job was on Capitol Hill in Washington. He has devoted his law career and free time to strengthening civil liberties for all Pennsylvanians. He is an elected Democratic State Committee member in Pennsylvania. He is most passionate about civic engagement and political empowerment for all minorities and immigrant communities.
UMAR FAROOQ, M.D., CMD
Dr. Umar Farooq is a board certified in Internal Medicine with a private practice in Bensalem, PA along with his wife Dr. Sabahat Farooq. He is also a certified medical director (CMD) of nursing homes and a hospice. Dr. Farooq is a preceptor and teaching attending for medical students and residents at Aria Health System. He is a civil surgeon for USCIS. Dr. Umar Farooq ran for Bucks County Coroner office in November 2011 as the democratic candidate. He is well known socially and politically in the community and widely recognised for his bipartisan work that includes Health, Education, Public Safety and Political awareness. He is actively involved in the growth of the community and developing and maintaining the community process. He always emphasised to take an active part in local politics and engage in civic duties. He is the Founder & Chairman of RECAP (Reaching & Empowering Communities across Pennsylvania).
RAO KAMRAN ALI
Dr Rao Kamran Ali is the former President of PAKPAC National Board. He is Council Member of APPNA, Chair of APPNA Social Forum and Loan committee and Co-Chair of APPNA Advocacy Committee.
Dr Ali has lead multiple organizations. He is past president of APPNA OHIO, past president of Nishtar Alumni of North America, past president of Richland County Medical Society.
Dr Ali is a Dallas based interventional Pain management physician. entrepreneur, sociopolitical activist, philanthropist.
Dr Ali is Columnist at Jang and Express, Analyst at ARY News, Blogger at “Tez Hay Noke Qalam. with over a hundred thousand followers.
Mossadaq Chughtai is the founder and CEO of Zima Inc, a privately held umbrella company that owns, operates, and co-owns several companies in USA and Pakistan.
Mr. Chughtai has played an active role in promoting a stronger relationship between US and Pakistan and was a founding member of Pakistan American Leadership Center (PAL-C) which established the Congressional Pakistan Caucus in 2004.
Mr. Chughtai lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife, Malika Chughtai, with whom he shares four children.
DR. IMRAN JAMIL
Dr. Imran Jamil is an Addiction Specialist, Psychiatrist, who has been serving the NJ population since the past 5 years. In 2000 during his electives at Yale University, he developed an interest in research. In 2005, he joined an Alzheimer’s disease research at New York University. He published a few research articles including two book chapters on Alzheimer’s disease. He also completed an Addiction Fellowship and started working as a Medical Director of a psychiatry unit. He is currently working as an Assistant professor of Psychiatry and teaching and monitoring medical students and residents.
Dr Jamil is an active member of the Jersey City local Pakistani American community. That is actively involved in recognizing the helpful influence of the growing Pakistani American community, involved in improving the Hudson County community. In addition, continuously improving and making a positive impact both locally and globally. He constantly engages in the Pakistani local politics and annual Independence Day Pakistan annual flag hoisting ceremony at the City hall of Jersey City. He has received multiple Citations from the Jersey City Hall for community services. He takes great pleasure in being a helpful part of the community and understands the importance of civic actions and public services. He is inspired by the historic words of John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”.
NAEEM A QAZI M.D.FACC
Naeem A Qazi is a 1973 graduate of King Edwards Medical College in Lahore. He immigrated to the United States in 1974 - a historic year in American politics. He is a leading expert on cardiovascular diseases and has a private practice in rural Bluefield, VA. He is the proud father of three daughters and a son.
Mohammad Suleman is an accomplished surgeon who has practiced in the New Orleans area since 1981. He came to the United States in 1972 after graduating from King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. He trained as a surgeon in New York before moving to Louisiana. Suleman has been involved with PAKPAC since its inception in the 1990s and served as president of the national board in 2009.
He has been very active in the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America, serving initially as the president of his local chapter and then as Treasurer, Secretary, and ultimately as President of APPNA in 2002. He also has served as president of the Alumni Association of King Edward Medical College.
Fundi Choudry is based in Washington DC, but has lived in Pakistan for 7 years. He graduated from George Washington University with a BA in Economics and is currently pursuing his CFA Charter. He is the Chief Investment Officer of Dacious Capital LLC, an investment firm based in Washington DC. He has an avid observer of geo-politics with a keen interest in the US-Pakistan Relationship.
Gohar A. Salam
Dr. Salam is a Retina Surgeon in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He received his M.D. from Dow Medical College and D.O. degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has completed residencies in Family Medicine and Ophthalmology. He completed a fellowship in surgical and medical retina at Indiana University School of Medicine where he was given the prestigious Merrill A. Grayson Fellowship Award. He holds an academic appointment at Indiana University School of Medicine Fort Wayne.
Dr. Salam has proudly served in the United States Army Reserve and was awarded State of Indiana Governor’s Achievement Award for military service in 2008.
Shahid Rafiq, M.D.
Shahid Rafiq, M.D. is board certified in Neurology, Stroke and Sleep Medicine. He serves as
Clinical Assistant Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine and is also the Director of Neurolgy and Stroke at Holy Cross Health and Frederick Health.
He is chair of APPNA’s Merit Program and is a politically active community leader in Maryland.
Hanadi is a leader in the Las Vegas Pakistani-American community and is a National Board Member of PAKPAC. In 2018 she hosted one of PAKPAC’s most successful retreats. Hanadi is the Chief Executive Officer of Shifa Medical.
Dr. Arif is a primary care physician who currently resides and practices in Wichita Falls, Texas. He is a certified medical director of several nursing homes as well as a real estate investor. Dr. Arif has a strong passion for civic engagement and stays actively involved within Wichita Falls. Also he is an avid art collector with a strong interest in miniature art and Kufic calligraphy. He also enjoys writing and has published several works with Dawn, The Friday Times, and numerous local magazines. His strongest desire remains to serve others and better humanity. He firmly believes in the words of Abdul Sattar Edhi,
“People have become educated, but have not yet become human”.
Ali Rashid is a young dynamic, ambitious, hard-working, and empathetic individual with excellent interpersonal and analytical skills.
Ali attended CUNY Baruch College and received his BBA with Honors in Finance and Investments. His bountiful career began when he started his real estate career at the age of 19 while attending college full time. He even managed to secure and obtain the top producer award in his first year. In addition, Ali has worked for Corporate America at HSBC Bank as a Vice President for Intra Group Sales. Because of his successful career as a broker, Ali pursued additional outlets to hone his skills in and resultantly, started in Real Estate Investing in 2012 by wholesaling and retailing properties. In addition to his business acumen, Ali takes pride in his capacity to bless and train new entrepreneurs with promising techniques and cutting-edge resources that he has developed. He currently leads the team at Kingsland Properties by actively overseeing the company’s planning and growth functions and paying close attention to detail for investor services. Due to his leadership roles in the development of a new generation of entrepreneurs, in association with his phenomenal investment and property development skills he has been honored with the Top 20 under 40 awards issued by the Long Island Board of Realtors in addition to the Stars under 40 by Schneps Communication.
Despite his successful career, Ali still recognizes the significance of encouraging the development of underserved communities especially those which are South Asian. He currently serves as a President for American Pakistani Advocacy Group (APAG). APAG is dedicated to community causes and efforts through three main principles of Engage, Empower and Elevate to uplift communities. APAG strive to represent the underrepresented and advocate for and support causes central to the community. APAG has a strong focus on civic engagement and awareness to ensure equal representation and fairness toward all. Ali understands the importance of bridging the gap between elected officials and their constituents. Under the leadership of Ali Rashid, The APAG team worked day and night during the COVID-19 pandemic and assisted the community throughout New York State. APAG was one of the first South Asian Organization that start delivering and distributing food at beginning of the pandemic. When COVID struck and thousands of people of faced issues like food security, Ali self-funded the production and distribution of grocery packages to thousands of families in need. Also, Ali provided thousands of free meals to first responders in five different locations throughout New York. Ali and APAG were recognized by Department of State and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for their COVID-19 efforts. In addition, Ali has been involved in many legislations including religious scarf bill and was instrumental in passing a historic resolution to make “March 23rd” as Pakistan Day in New York State.
Ali has been recognized by many elected officials for his selfless community work and is included in City and State top 100 Influential Asian Americans in New York. Ali goals is always to build bridges to empower communities. In his spare time, Ali likes to spend time with his family and involve himself with sports and adventure activities.