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From: Pakistani American Leadership Center (PAL-C)
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Sent: Friday, February 27, 2009 2:18 PM
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Subject: Pakistani American Community Welcomed/Applauded on Capitol Hill


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PAL-C Press Release

Pakistani American Community Welcomed
February 27, 2009


PAL-C Headquarters, Washington D.C., USA

Board of National Directors

Mossadaq Chughtai      Pervaiz Lodhie      Dr. Rafiq Rahman     Dr. Maqsood

Mariam Issa         Arif Zaffar Mansuri     Dr. Raza Bokhari      Saquib



 Pakistani American Day on the Hill


Successful First Step in Building the Relationship with U.S. Lawmakers

 Ellison Addresses Gathering


Pakistani American Community Meets with Over 14 Senators and 42
Representatives;  Receives Warm Welcome from U.S. Legislators;  Community
Must Follow Up and Continue Process of Political Engagement

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 27, 2009 - The Pakistani American Leadership
Center (PAL-C) would like to congratulate our organizational partners (see
full list below) and especially the Pakistani American community on coming
together from every corner of this great nation of the United States of
America to join PAL-C here in Washington D.C. and to speak with a single,
strong and unified voice to tell our U.S. legislators, 

"We are Pakistani Americans. We live and work in your districts, we spend in
your districts, we create jobs in your districts, we provide free healthcare
services in your districts, and we contribute to your political campaigns. 

Today, we come to you as Pakistani Americans with the best interests of
America in our hearts but also of Pakistan and we ask you to support the
Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act (aka the Kerry-Lugar Bill) that will
triple economic aid to Pakistan.

 We ask you to do this not just because it is the right thing to do, but
because it is the best thing to do for the National Security of America and
for people of Pakistan so that we give them real hope and real jobs and tell
them: the people of America are with you and that they will continue to
stand with you during this fight against terrorism and after it when you are
rebuilding what they have destroyed.

We recognize that you are our partner in this fight, and that you are an
equal partner, and we will continue to trust you and extend to you our hand
of friendship and support."

On February 26, 2009, we - the Pakistani American community - delivered this
message and we were welcomed with open arms by over 14 U.S Senators and 42
Representatives in public speeches and in closed door meetings. 

PAL-C Founding Director Mr. Mossadaq Chughtai commented,  

"This Day represents a milestone for the Pakistani American community and
for the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. Today we made the first real steps as a
community to stand up as Pakistani-Americans for America and for Pakistan
and to deliver on the promise of the potential that we have had for so long.

We did it by coming together and politically engaging our leaders and I hope
that our community will only increase our political activism now that we
understand the process and have been warmly welcomed by our U.S.
legislators. Today was a great day but we need to ensure that this work
continues tomorrow, and the day after, and the month after, and the year


PAL-C would like to extend a special and warm thank-you to all of our
organizational partners which included:

Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) 
Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee (PAKPAC)
Pakistani American Congress (PAC)
Association of Pakistani Professionals (AOPP)
Association of Pakistani Scientists and Engineers of North America (APSENA)
Council of Pakistan American Affairs (COPAA )
Pakistan American Chamber of Commerce Council (PACCC)
Friends of Pakistan (FOP)
The Pakistani American Council of Texas (PACT)
Pakistani American Association of Connecticut (PAACT)
North American Pakistani Association (NAPA) 

However, our most humble and sincere thanks are reserved for you, the
Pakistani-American community.




 <mailto:[log in to unmask]> Taha A. Gaya 

Executive Director

Pakistani American Leadership Center (PAL-C).

The Pakistani American Leadership Center (PAL-C) is a professional
Pakistani-American advocacy organization with an office located on Capitol
Hill. It launched the Congressional Pakistan Caucus in May 2004 and works to
raise awareness about Pakistani-American concerns in Washington policy
circles. Our activities include facilitating the Congressional Pakistan
Caucus, liaising Pakistani officials and the community with Members of
Congress, and mobilizing Pakistani-Americans at the grassroots level. If you
wish to learn more about PAL-C, please visit our website
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