SAPAC President Addresses Progress of Congressional Sindh Caucus
And New Members of Congressional Sindh Caucus are Welcomed
Washington, D.C. – June 1, 2017 – Last week, President of SAPAC, Maqbool Halepota, welcomed the formation of the Sindh Caucus in the 115 Congress.
President Halepota hopes that the Sindh Caucus will be able to address the issues of rising extremism, the deteriorating education system, declining health of the population, and transparency with USAID in Sindh.
The most important hope is to preserve the culture and heritage of the Sindhi community. However, this cannot be attained unless these pressing issues are handled. With the help of the United States Congress, these issues can begin to be resolved.
President Halepota would like to extend a huge thank you to Congressman Brad Sherman. Founder of the Sindh Caucus, Brad Sherman has put continuous pressure on the Pakistani government to end the forced conversion of young Sindhi Hindu girls. This has pressured the Pakistani government to initiate laws against forced conversions. He has also introduced the bill Voice of America in the Sindhi Language, which has passed in Congress, however, the bill is waiting for funding. Congressman Sherman is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and is a ranking member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. Congressman Sherman has dedicated his time in office to help the Sindhi community and much of the success of the Sindh Caucus can be credited to the Congressman.
Congressman Sherman will continue to be a leader of the group alongside the returning members Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York, and Congressman Adam Schiff of California.
There are many new members to the roster that have taken interest in fighting the issues for the Sindhi community. One new member is Congresswoman Barbara Comstock of Virginia. Now in her second term, the Congresswoman is a member of four House Committees. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is also joining the Sindh Caucus roster. A Congressman of California since 1989, he serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and is also the chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats. The final new member of the Caucus is Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of New York. The Congresswoman has established herself as one of the longest-serving female leaders and continues to sit as a ranking member on the House Committee of Rules.
President Halepota is confident that these seven men and women will greatly help Sindhis in Pakistan, as well as Sindhis around the globe.
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May 9, 2017
Congressman Sherman Chairs Congressional Sindh Caucus
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) will serve as the Chairman of the Congressional Sindh Caucus in the 115th Congress. Sherman is joined by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).
The Congressional Sindh Caucus focuses on issues of importance to Sindh and Sindhi-Americans, including human rights and the preservation of Sindhi language and culture. Sindh is one of Pakistan’s four provinces, accounting for roughly one-quarter of the country’s population.
Moving forward, the Sindh Caucus plans to work on several issues impacting Sindh and the Sindhi community, such as inadequate drinking water, extra-judicial killings and missing persons, USAID funding, Sindhi culture and heritage, forced conversions, and primary school education.
See additional information on the Sindh Caucus webpage: https://sherman.house.gov/congressional-sindh-caucus
Rep. Brad Sherman (CA-30)
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