Inaugural Ceremony of SAPAC

Press release – Washington, DC, August 15, 2009

Sindhi American Political Action Committee (SAPAC) is a newly established organization, based in Washington DC. You are requested to kindly confirm your availability to attend the Inaugural Ceremony of SAPAC. (Participation with invitation only; To receive formal invitation, please contact Munawar Laghari on phone # (202) 378-0333 or e-mail: sapac.sindh@ gmail.com). President of SAPAC, Dr. Maqbool Haleepota will welcome the Guests and participants. Congressman Gary Ackerman* will be Special Guest in the Inaugural Ceremony of SAPAC. Congressman Brad Sherman** has very kindly consented to grace the occasion as Chief Guest. Speakers: Mr. Selig S. Harrison***, Center for International Policy. Dr. Marvin Weinbaum**** , Middle East Institute.

* Congressman Gary Ackerman

Congressman Ackerman belongs to several different House Committees including the following:

House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Oversees and sets United States Policy towards other nations around the world.

Chairman, Subcommittee On the Middle East and South Asia
Oversight of U.S. policy towards the nations of the Middle East and Southern Asia.

Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment
Examines U.S. policy toward countries in Asia and the Pacific.

Committee on Financial Services

Jurisdiction over financial institutions, housing programs, disaster insurance and monetary policy.

Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government-Sponsore d Enterprises
Oversight on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the nation’s financial exchanges, insurance (except for health insurance), Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the Federal Home Loan Banks.

Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
Regulates all types of financial institutions and companies that lend consumer credit as well as overseeing federal deposit insurance and financial holding companies.

Congressman Ackerman is the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia. The subcommittee, a key panel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has jurisdiction over United States policy towards all countries in the Middle East and South Asia, including important U.S. allies Israel and India. The committee’s purview extends over some of the world’s most contentious hotspots such as Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Congressman is also a member and the former Chair of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific which has oversight on U.S. policy towards nations in Asia.

As a member of the full Foreign Affairs Committee, Ackerman plays major leadership roles in flash point areas of the world. Often, these involve national security, nuclear proliferation and terrorism issues in areas such as the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Ackerman also serves on the powerful Financial Services Committee where he sits on two Subcommittees: Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, as well as Capital Markets, Insurance and Government-Sponsore d Enterprises. The Financial Services Committee has jurisdiction over banking and financial institutions, housing programs, insurance regulations and monetary policy–issues that are critical to New York City and Long Island. Ackerman is a champion of consumer rights and a fighter for financial community reform.

A Representative’s representative, he was also Congress’ delegate to the United Nations. In addition, he twice chaired the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans. Further, he is the President of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP).

**Congressman Brad Sherman is Member of:

· Committee on Foreign Affairs and its

§ Sub-Committee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade (CHAIRMAN)

§ Sub-Committee on Middle East and South Asia

§ Sub-Committee on Asia, the Pacific and Global Environment

· Committee on Financial Services

· Judiciary Committee

***Selig S. Harrison is Director of the Asia Program at the Center for International Policy and a senior scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has specialized in South Asia and East Asia for fifty years as a journalist and scholar, and is the author of six books on Asian affairs and U.S. relations with Asia, including Pakistan: The State of the Union, April 2009.

*Marvin Weinbaum, Eminent scholar at the Middle East Institute, Washington, DC. He has served as Analyst on Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Bureau of Intelligence Research at the US Department of State from 1999 to 2003. As Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, he was the Director of their Program in South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

Focus of the event will be on ‘Role of Sindhis and Baloch to counter the Jehadis in Pakistan’

Inaugural Ceremony of SAPAC, as per following program

Date: 16th September 2009, Time: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm, Venue: The Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington D.C

Mission of SAPAC: To raise political awareness and to lobby about issues relating to Sindh, the southeastern province of Pakistan.

Goal of SAPAC: To inform and influence the political process in the United States of America about the issues of Sindhis, for engaging in the process in a way that benefits Sindhis and Sindh

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