Prominent Community Members Meet Congresswoman Jane Harman
A Pakistan Link Report

Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-CA) with Pakistani-American community members.
From left: Dr. Sattar Abbasi, Robert Abbasi, Congresswoman Jane Harman,
Shoaib Kothawala, Jamal Khawaja, Leslie Marshall, Pervaiz Lodhie, and Arif Z.


Los Angeles , CA: A group of prominent members of the Pakistani-American community recently called on Congresswoman Jane Harman at her office in El Segundo, California. The group comprised of Pervaiz Lodhie, Shoaib Kothawala, Jamal Khawaja, Leslie Marshall, Arif Mansuri, Dr. Sattar Abbasi and Robert Abbasi.

Matters of mutual interest were discussed and the group provided the Congresswoman input on several matters pertaining to US–Pakistan relationships. The role of the Pakistani-American community in facilitating better relationship between the two countries was also discussed.

Congresswoman Jane Harman discussed her recent visit to Pakistan where the US Congressional delegation headed by her, met with the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari and several other high-level government officials and visited Swat and Waziristan. She expressed satisfaction over the ongoing military operation by the Pakistan Army in Waziristan and termed it a big success.

Recognized by her colleagues and the national media as an authoritative voice on counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence matters, Jane Harman has represented California's 36th Congressional district in Los Angeles' South Bay since 1992.
As a member of the House Intelligence Committee for eight years – the final four as Ranking Member – Harman helped shape Congress' policy response to the 9/11 attacks and played a leading role in the creation and passage of the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004. Now in her eighth term, Harman continues that policy focus as Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Terrorism Risk Assessment.  She is also a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, where she sits on the Health and Energy & Environment Subcommittees.

Congresswoman Jane Harman thanked the leaders from the Pakistani-American community for their input and stated that ‘there are few strategic relationships more important than the one between the US and Pakistan – and there are few groups with deeper roots in our country than the Pakistani-American community.’


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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