Karachi, Pakistan– U.S. Division of State Particular Consultant to Muslim Communities Shaarik Zafar visited Karachi February 19-20 to satisfy with authorities officers, college students, private-sector representatives, and members of civil society. “Whereas I grew up in Houston, Texas, I used to be born in Karachi and visited usually once I was a baby,” stated Mr. Zafar. “The sights, sounds and smells of Karachi are all very acquainted to me.”
“The US and Pakistan share a robust curiosity in constructing a greater understanding of one another’s cultures,” stated Mr. Zafar. “My workplace desires to assist Muslims inform their very own tales, to share the constructive impacts that they’re having on their communities. We would like them to have the ability to share that constructive vitality to create good position fashions to assist in the struggle in opposition to violent extremism and to empower ladies.”
Particular Consultant Zafar, who was joined by Albar Sheikh from the identical workplace, met with human rights NGOs and took part in a panel dialogue on range and multiculturalism in america with college students on the Pakistan American Tradition Heart. He additionally loved an “American feast” with members of the Pakistan U.S. Alumni Community (PUAN) in addition to assembly leaders of madrassas and advisors on non secular affairs.
One of many highlights was becoming a member of “Meals Diaries” on Masala TV with host Zarnak Sidwa. “Houston and Karachi are huge sprawling cities with numerous populations and extremely good meals,” stated the particular consultant. The truth is, Karachi and Houston are sister cities, stated Mr. Zafar. Whereas on the present, Mr. Zafar cooked up some particular Texan breakfast tacos, whereas getting a style of dwelling in Ms. Sidwa’s hen biryani. “Each cultures love barbecue they usually like their spices. Texas and Pakistan are an ideal match,” he stated.
As a part of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Workplace of Faith and World Affairs, Particular Consultant Zafar drives the U.S. Division of State’s engagement with Muslim communities around the globe. Along with advancing bilateral relations, Particular Consultant Zafar focuses on selling entrepreneurship and financial improvement; creating instructional and coaching alternatives for younger folks; and supporting neighborhood efforts to construct social cohesion, counter violent extremism, and share their very own tales. By his conversations in Islamabad, Particular Consultant Zafar witnessed first-hand how Pakistanis are tackling these identical points and challenges, and pursuing alternatives to create a extra affluent future for his or her nation.