Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Pakistani American Congress' 11th Annual Summit

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Pakistani American Congress' 11th Annual Summit

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The Pakistani American Congress held its 11th Annual Summit June 26 on Capitol Hill. With a sampling of viewpoints from across the political spectrum and a melange of topics ranging from U.S.-Pakistan relations and mobilizing women to Gen. Pervez Musharraf's recent U.S. visit, the convention sought to represent a diverse cross section of the Pakistani-American community's interests and concerns. PAC President Dr. Nisar Chaudhry briefly introduced each speaker.

PAC senator Azam Swati lauded the "zeal and gusto" of the thriving Pakistani-American community. Although "Pakistan has always had a good relationship with the U.S.," he emphasized, the dynamics of give-and-take are not equal because the former has done more for the latter, rather than vice versa.

Lt. Gen. Salahuddin Tirmizi, and Dr. Sadiq Mohyuddin, chairman of the World Affairs Council, called on their community to become more involved in the political arena, and to educate fellow citizens about Pakistanis. "By your own conduct with Americans," Tirmizi stated, "you can...correct misconceptions of Pakistanis."

Pointing out that many young Pakistanis enter the field of engineering while few enter the fields of law and political science, he emphasized the need for more advocates in the community, especially post 9/11. …

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