SAPAC Celebrates First Anniversary Banquet, Congressmembers and Policy Experts Speak on Sindhi-American Political Engagement and Sindh Flood Crisis
Washington, DC- September 25, 2010- The Sindhi American Political Action Committee celebrated its first year in DC politics with a banquet dinner and speaker’s program Thursday, September 23rd at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, DC.
Roughly 100 SAPAC members, Sindhi-Americans, and members of the interested community gathered to hear speeches by key US policy influencers and to draw continued attention to the flooding taking place across Sindh. Guest speakers included Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN), Dr. Asoka Bandarage (Georgetown University), Ms. Malou Innocent (Cato Institute), Mr. Amit Pandya (author), and Dr. Paul Pillar (Georgetown University). Last year’s Guest of Honor, Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-NY), wrote a letter of support to be distributed amongst attendees. Discussion points included the challenges arising out of the flooding in Sindh, the valuable role that Sindh plays in stabilizing Pakistan and the greater region, and the importance of political engagement between the Sindhi-American community and US policy makers.