PAKPAC Team Meets with Homeland Security Secretary


The Pakistani-American Public Affairs Committee Representatives met with Secretary Chertoff of the Department Homeland Security,.
The meeting took place in Washington, DC where the President of PAKPAC, Dr. Saud Anwar and Board Members met the Secretary to discuss issues of concern to the Pakistani-American community. The issues included visa delays and background check delays which are impacting the community’s exercising of voting rights. Dr. Anwar spoke about the importance of the role of the community in building bridges of understanding with the law enforcement agencies and working together with the Department of Homeland Security in protecting our homeland. There was a discussion held on increasing the number of people of Pakistani and Muslim heritage with Department of Homeland Security at the policy and implementation level, says a Press Release.
PAKPAC representatives emphasized “developing, pursuing and building on the civil rights-related agenda that has been pursued by the Department of Homeland Security in the recent past, and ways of mechanism of building on this after the change in administration next year.”
“This was a 45-minute discussion with a clear development of understanding between the groups.”  The PAKPAC Board of Directors attending the meeting included Dr. Saud Anwar, Dr. Pervez Shah, Hassan Bukhari, Mushtaq Sheikh. APPNA President Mahmood Alam, President-elect Dr. Zeelaf Munir, Chair of Advocacy Committee Dr. Piracha and Executive Director of Muslim Advocates Farhana Khera were also invited by PAKPAC in the meeting.


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