For the first time in the history of Pak-US relations, a landmark resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Jamaal Bowman recognizing 23 March 2023 as ‘‘Pakistan Day’’ to “honor and celebrate the important role played by the Pakistani-American community in strengthening and inspiring the people of the United States.”
In order to “honor and celebrate the important role played by the Pakistani-American community in strengthening and inspiring the people of the United States,” the resolution was introduced, according to sources.
According to the resolution, it is appropriate and advisable for the United States to honor those who promote ethnic pride and raise awareness of cultural variety, which improves the fabric of American communities.
It further said that “Pakistan Day offers an excellent way for all Americans to learn more about the rich Pakistani heritage while encouraging future generations to appreciate the ancient culture.”
Masood Khan, the ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, commended Congressman Bowman for his effort, saying it would not only serve to further develop bilateral ties between the two nations but also bring their citizens closer together.
Additionally, he expressed appreciation to the American Pakistan Advocacy Group’s leadership, particularly its president and well-known community figure Ali Rashid and other officer-bearers, who had been working hard to keep a close line of communication open with the congressman in preparation for the introduction of the historic resolution.
Recognizing March 23, 2023, as “Pakistan Day” and recognizing the invaluable contributions of Pak-American citizens, he claimed, underlines the significance of Pak-US relationships and a desire to further solidify this relationship.
Masood Khan also met Congressman Bowman at his office, who welcomed him warmly and heard his opinions on the relationship’s significance and the essential role that the Pakistani diaspora plays in a variety of disciplines, including commerce, industry, research, technology, education, and medicine.
Congressman Bowman stated it was an honor for him to have introduced the resolution while speaking to the media outside Capitol Hill.
He said: “It is incredibly important for us at this moment, as the United States government, to stand with the people of Pakistan who are dealing with a catastrophe that we have not seen in history. 10 million people still struggle to find access to clean water and energy. A third of the country was destroyed. All of this is because of what some would call a natural disaster but as we know is related to the issue of climate change.”
Later, in his message to the people of Pakistan, Congressman Bowman greeted the nation on “Pakistan Day” and the commencement of the month of Holy Ramadan and conveyed his message of “Peace and love to the people of Pakistan.”
He said: “Let us continue to work together to bring our two countries together.”