of the Board of Directors of the Pakistani American Leadership
Center (PAL-C) accompanied by the organization’s
Executive Director Fauzia Tariq met Ambassador Durrani
at the Embassy of Pakistan on July 5. The Board members
included Mossadaq Chughtai, Pervaiz Lodhie and Rafiq Rahman
and Regional Director Dr. Aquil ur Rehman.
The meeting was held to brief the Ambassador on PAL-C and the Pakistani-American
community. Also present was the Head of Chancery, Mr. Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri.
The briefing focused on a wide array of topics ranging from a candid
critique of the historical relationship between Pakistan and the United
States, an introduction to the Pakistani diaspora in the States, and
the role of PAL-C. The meeting would help have a closer rapport between
the Pakistani-American community and the Embassy of Pakistan.
The Board emphasized the importance of PAL-C’s role as the only
Pakistani organization with a day-to-day presence on Capitol Hill and
as a liaison between the Pakistani-American community and the American
Following the briefing a round table discussion was held during which
Ambassador Durrani praised PAL-C and its mission to educate the Pakistani-American
community to become more active in American politics. According to Executive
Director Fauzia Tariq, “The briefing to the new Ambassador was
very productive and well-received”. The deliberations yielded many
insights on how PAL-C and the Embassy could work together to better represent
Pakistan in the United States.