Our bonds of friendship vital for regional security: US lawmaker

Sheila Jackson Lee says she saw the resilience of Pakistani people in the wake of flood devastation.

WASHINGTON: US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee congratulated the people of Pakistan on the 76th Independence Day.

In her message, she said: “It is with tremendous pride and honor that I recognize Pakistan’s Independence Day. Pakistan Zindabad, Long live Pakistan.”

Pakistan celebrates its independence from the British rule in 1947 and it is an occasion to promote Pakistan’s national unity. Independence holds a great significance in my heart, and stands as a reminder of the many sacrifices freedom fighters made to get to this moment. 

“I am the founding chair of the congressional Pakistan caucus and as that chair I have traveled to Pakistan many times, most recently to the effected flood areas and saw with my own eyes the devastation of last year’s monsoon, but I also saw the resilience of the Pakistani people in the wake of this devastation.”

She said the United States of America showed friendship even while she was there, providing tents and other humanitarian assistance, and certainly help from our military as they provided relief operations and private contributions came in as well. Diaspora in the United States, Pakistani diaspora all over, Pakistani Americans were eager to help and we worked together to help Pakistan even more. Still, there is more to be done. Millions have been displaced, lands are slow to recover, and food and water supplies are dwindling. But we’re committed to working together to help Pakistan in this time.

She said there are an estimated 80,000 Pakistani Americans proudly living in her home district of Houston.

“I’m so proud to represent their interests, celebrate Pakistani culture and strengthen the unity between the US and Pakistan. I’ve introduced many bills included Malala Yousafzai’s commitment to education that celebrated her commitment to many different aspects of life, and many other resolutions that I’ve introduced that acknowledge the visits of many of those who have come to this nation.”

“I look forward to being part of that effort. And I look forward to again, working with TPS for those who have had to stay in this country, Pakistani nationals in the United States.”

Whenever there is a call, the Pakistani caucus of the United States Congress is always there. That’s why this Independence Day is so very important.

And our bonds of friendship and cooperation, which have existed between the United States and Pakistan is essential for maintaining regional security, strengthening democracy improving opportunities for trade, education, women’s empowerment, and humanitarian relief.

“I look forward to celebrating our continued progress, our achievements in making this nation better not only for Pakistani Americans, but in fact for all Americans. I thank you for your work and dedication. And may God bless all of you. Happy Pakistan Independence Day. Pakistan Zindabad.”

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