Amn-o-Nisa Delegation Visits Link’s Office

Anaheim, CA: An eleven-member women delegation from Pakistan visited the office of Pakistan Link on May 10. The visitors came from various provinces of Pakistan and a diverse range of professional background. They formed part of a coalition called Amn-o-Nisa. 

The goal of the coalition is to address violent extremism in Pakistan. The women are working on issues such as rehabilitation and de-radicalization of extremists and ex-Taliban members; providing service delivery and psycho-social support to internally displaced persons and traumatized victims of conflict, and engaging the community, religious leaders and scholars in discourse about the negative effects of extremist dialogues.

The International Visitors Council of Los Angeles had arranged the visit of the delegation to Link’s office. The Council is a nonprofit organization that implements professional and cultural exchange programs for the US Department of State.  “We are pleased to be hosting a delegation of 11 stellar women leaders from Pakistan… It would be valuable for them to visit Pakistan Link and to learn about the functions of your newspaper in the US …,” said Kim Ngoc Le, Director, International Programs International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, in a message to Editor Pakistan Link.

During their hour-long stay at the Link office members of the delegation met Mr Arif Mansuri, President and Managing Editor, PL Publications; Mr Akhtar Mahmud Faruqui, Editor, Pakistan Link; Mr Anwar Khawaja, Resident Editor, Urdu Link and Mrs Nighat Ali, Director / Marketing and Sales, PL Publications.

The delegation was lead by Ms Mossarat Qadeem (Executive Director, Paiman Alumni Trust) and included Ms Shehnaz Akbar (Regional Coordinator South Punjab Paiman Alumni Trust), Ms Naziha Ali (Freelance journalist and documentary film producer), Ms Farhat Asif (Editor and co-founder The Diplomatic Insight), Ms Tahira Baloch (Operation Officer, World Health Organization), Ms Huma Chughtai (Law, Governance , Human Rights and Gender Specialist), Ms Bushra Hyder (Director, Qadims Lumiere School and College), Ms Sameena Imtiaz (Executive Director, Peace Education and Development Foundation – PEAD), Ms Rubina Naz (Lawyer, Human Rights Activist, Consultant and Master Trainer), Ms Farida Sadiq (Master Trainer Paiman, UN Development Program, Psychologist), and Ms Sonia Sahar (Executive Director, Balochistan Foundation for Development).

 

 

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