President Clinton Meets Pakistanis in Arizona


Former President Clinton, Yasmeen and Arif Kazmi at the Phoenix reception, June 1, 2006

In terms of politics, the State of Arizona has been known as a ‘red state’ in the past 40 years. In meeting this challenge, President Clinton had a sweeping victory as a Democrat in the Presidential elections of 1996 in Arizona. Anytime he visits Arizona, the scene repeats itself in the form of festivities and fanfare wherever he goes.
This time when he came to Phoenix, invitations were sent out to the Pakistani American community to meet him. A delegation led by Arif Kazmi, the First Vice Chair of the Maricopa County Democratic Party, met the former President and as usual enjoyed his company.






Ms Farnaz meets President Clinton

Mr Kazmi reported that the former President was upbeat and applauded the efforts of the minority community in the overall leadership role. He was pleased to meet the community members and encouraged them to be active in the political system of the US. Some of the community members who met him were: Mr Hammad Shah, Dr. Maqbool Halepota, Engr Abriko, Dr. Farnaz,

Mr Jafar Shah, Mrs Abriko, Dr Shahab Aftahi, Mr and Mrs Kazmi and others.
The former President's charisma was all too evident. He attracted a packed hall of over 1000 people from the Phoenix community at the Phoenix Biltmore reception held on June 1, 2006.


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