Magazine article Islamic Horizons

State Department Appoints New Muslim Communities' Representative

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

State Department Appoints New Muslim Communities' Representative

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THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF State has appointed Shaarik Zafar as its new special representative for Muslim communities in the United States and the international community. He succeeds Farah Pandit.

Zafar was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and moved to Katy, Tex., with his family at a young age. He has been active in Muslim outreach since his college years, arguing in past public appearances that although Muslims and Arabs may have issues with American foreign policy, they also share the same concerns of mainstream Americans.

Zafar previously served as deputy chief of the Homeland, Cyber and Countering Violent Extremism group at the National Counterterrorism Center. He coordinated strategic planning and collaboration with federal departments and agencies, state and local governments, allied foreign nations, and community stakeholders on efforts to strengthen homeland and cyber security, build resilience against terrorism, and integrate all elements of national power on efforts to counter violent extremism. …

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