Communication & Media Cell; Washington DC, 17th Oct 2017; Congressman Rob Wittman, chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces met with many Muhajir Americans at a town hall organized by the World Muhajir Congress.
The Muhajir community shared its concerns about human rights abuses in Karachi, Pakistan with Congressman Wittman. Among the concerns highlighted by Muhajirs were:
- Threats to Muhajirs by armed paramilitary forces
- Unexplained disappearance of Muhajir party political workers
- Extra-judicial killings of Muhajirs by the Pakistani Army and the ISI
- Retaliation against families in Pakistan of Muhajir supporters in the US and overseas who speak out on social media
Congressman Wittman agreed to contact Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to ensure that the U.S. questions the government of Pakistan about the persecution of Muhajirs. The WMC encouraged the Congressman to ensure that any future congressional delegations to Karachi include meetings with Muhajir leaders.
In addition to the discussion of human rights abuses in Pakistan, Congressman Wittman answered questions about transportation and healthcare for Virginians. The Republican leaders encouraged young people to participate in the U.S. political process by interning in congressional offices and volunteering on election campaigns.
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