Mowahid Urges American Muslims to be Coherent Force

Washington, DC: - Minister/Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab, Mowahid Hussain Shah Monday said for American Muslims to be taken seriously, they have to become a politically coherent force.

Addressing the members of the National Association of Pakistani-Americans (NAPA) at Maryland, he said that the post-9/11 world underscores the necessity “to build alliances” and “learn from other communities” that have experienced bigotry, ignorance, and stereotyped prejudice.

“The pursuit of affluence is insufficient; what matters is influence,” he said, and in that sense, the true pillar of the community is the average Pakistani. The current scenario has demonstrated that Pakistan shall remain a vital strategic force in the global arena.”

“American Muslims,” Mowahid Shah added, “need to build confidence to surmount the challenges ahead.”

That confidence, he underlined “can only develop through a combination of will and vision and also through homework and teamwork.”

Mowahid emphasized the compelling need to enhance dialogue, build bridges, and break stereotypes.

The well-attended event included prominent Maryland politicians, including US Congressman Albert Wynn from Maryland, as well as a cross-section of the Pakistani-American community.

Addressing Congressman Wynn, who is a black American, Mowahid said that long before black American icons like Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali were accepted in mainstream America. They were much-admired figures in Pakistan.

During his Washington visit, Mowahid received and met former Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujat Hussain.

Among others, he addressed the Washington Policy Institute, the Academy of Punjab in North America (APNA), and the Diplomatic Corps of the Embassy of Pakistan and its young interns. In these forums, Mowahid discussed the current challenges facing Pakistan, the progress made in response, and the role of the Punjab Government in giving relief to the common citizen and in focusing on socio-economic development, by giving top priority to education.

Mr Mowahid Shah is a regular columnist of Pakistan Link.



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