How We Work
The Pakistani American Political Action Committee was founded in 1989 by a group of visionary Pakistani Americans. On the eve of the 1990 election in an increasingly complex world, our founders saw a need for greater political coordination, activism and advocacy.
Today, our adopted home, the United States, stands at difficult foreign policy crossroads. Decisions made in Washington will affect future generations across the globe. PAKPAC members are impacting and educating policymakers.
PAKPAC is the only Pakistani-American organization registered with the Federal Election Commission. We are not affiliated with any political party in Washington or Islamabad. All PAKPAC funding and expenditures are public record as required by federal regulations.
Goals and Objectives
PAKPAC supports candidates who are committed to federal policies that promote good governance, education and security in Pakistan and civil liberties in the United States. PAKPAC endeavors to strengthen, unify and amplify the voice of Pakistani-American community in Washington.
The National Board
PAKPAC educates Pakistani-Americans on pressing policy debates and provides them a unique platform to influence these debates.
PAKPAC activities are governed by its National Board which elects a President for a three year term. Each member of the Board contributes at least $4,000 annually and is actively engaged in politics.
Board Member, Florida
Dr. Ahmed immigrated to the United States after graduating from King Edward Medical College in Lahore in 2005. He currently practices in Jacksonville as a Nephrologist and Hypertension Specialist. He is also the founder of various starts up focusing on digital health and telemedicine. His strong interest in digital health combined with passion to improve the quality of global healthcare has led to his founding American TelePhysicians, a multi-specialty group of American Based Physicians. The business offers second opinion services globally. His other business Shifa4U serves as a one-stop platform for ordering health care services online. In Jacksonville, he regularly provides free care for indigent patients of all faiths and backgrounds.
Board Member, Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Dr. Masood Akbar, a graduate of King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, served his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Prior to this, he completed two years of surgical residency at Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, New York and Logan Memorial Hospital in New York City.
He is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery- and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.
He is also a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
RAO KAMRAN ALI
Board Member, Ohio
Dr. Ali is an interventional pain management specialist and venture capitalist. He is currently President of the Richland County Medical Society in Ohio. He has also spearheaded the funding for the State of the Art Gastroenterology Lab Project in Multan. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Ali is CEO of Jumpin Sky Trampoline Park LLC and co-owner of Skymax Trampoline Park in Akron and Canton, Ohio. He also owns the 50% franchising rights of Skymax Corporation. He is CEO of Manhattan Health Care LLC, involved in research and development in healthcare. He is an inventor and owns multiple patents related to healthcare innovations. One of the patents is in the process of building prototype.
Riffat has been an active member of the Pittsburgh community since 1981. She holds a Masters from Duquesne University and multiple certifications in Medical Management and has been an entrepreneur at the forefront of health care IT.
She pioneered a Muslim youth group, helped establish the Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, and served as Executive Director of a free clinic in the old steel town of Braddock. Additionally, she was the first co-chair of the Allegheny County Health Advisory Council and active board member of the Pittsburgh ACLU. She serves on the State Department backed US-Pakistan Women’s Council.
She is the wife of Mubashar Chughtai, an internal medicine doctor educated at King Edward Medical College.
Board Member, Pennsylvania
Dr. Umar Farooq is a board certified in Internal Medicine with a private practice in Bensalem, PA along with his wife Dr. Sabahat Farooq. He is also a certified medical director (CMD) of nursing homes and a hospice. Dr. Farooq is a preceptor and teaching attending for medical students and residents at Aria Health System. He is a civil surgeon for USCIS.
Board Member, Texas
Jalil Khan specializes in preventive cardiology. He resides in Dallas, Texas, along with his four beautiful daughters and wife of 21 years, Ayesha.
He was born and raised in Pakistan and graduated from the Allama Iqbal Medical School of Punjab University.
Whether through planning 5,000 person national medical conventions, volunteer relief after the devastating 2010 Pakistan floods or participating in ACLU Dallas activities, he follows the words of Thomas Edison: “If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
Board Member, Pennsylvania
Samar is married with two children and resides in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. She was raised in a Foreign Service family and has lived in several countries benefiting from diversity of cultures. She received her undergraduate degree majoring in Management of Financial Institutions from De La Salle University- Manila and interned at Citibank and Deutsche Bank. She got her Masters in Business Administration from Jefferson (Thomas Jefferson University + Philadelphia University). She has worked in corporate middle market banking at Santander Bank, at the Philadelphia headquarters. During that time she took initiative as a team lead to help raise funds for the American Heart Association Philadelphia Heartwalk. She is an alum of Leadership Philadelphia core class of 2016. Samar strongly believes in the importance of community involvement. Her core values center around promoting diversity and inclusion, gender equality as well as education access to under-developed areas.
Board Member, New Hampshire
Salman Malik was raised in New York City after immigrating from Pakistan in 1973.
He obtained his dental degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from Stony Brook University. He is a practicing oral & maxillofacial surgeon in New Hampshire.
Dr. Malik has a passion for community service. He has served on many boards, including the Islamic Society of Greater Manchester, YMCA of Londonderry, and the local chapter of Rotary International. In 2016, he was selected by the governor to serve on the New Hampshire of Board of Dental Examiners. He has traveled to Mexico to treating patients affected by cleft lip and palate.
Board Member, Nevada
Hanadi Nadeem believes in working tirelessly for the betterment of humanity. In her student life she was the pioneer and president of “Save God’s Special Children.” A program that helps disabled kids and provides them with education. In Las Vegas, she is also the Vice President of SAPNA, South Asian Political Alliance. She is the president-elect for APPNA Alliance 2017 and a board member of the Roseman School of Medicine Philanthropic Leadership Advisory Committee. She strongly believes in “A world full of love is what all the kids need today. Let’s not deny them the joy of love today, which is the most important thing in life. They deserve to live in peace and harmony.”
Board Member, Louisiana
Mohammad Suleman is an accomplished surgeon who has practiced in the New Orleans area since 1981. He came to the United States in 1972 after graduating from King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. He trained as a surgeon in New York before moving to Louisiana.
He has been very active in the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America, serving initially as the president of his local chapter and then as Treasurer, Secretary, and ultimately as President of APPNA in 2002. He also has served as president of the Alumni Association of King Edward Medical College.
AMEENA MOHYUDDIN ZIA
Board Member, Oklahoma
Ameena Mohyuddin Zia currently serves as a Civil Society Consultative Representative to the United Nations ECOSOC (FESF) & the UN Consultant for American Pakistan Foundation. Ameena also serves on the Board of Directors of Development in Literacy (DIL) which works towards educating girls and empowering communities.
Ameena has served as a Political Appointee in the Executive Cabinet of St. Louis County Government (State of Missouri) and worked on immigrant integration and inclusive economic and social initiatives. Ameena developed and spearheaded multiple integration initiatives including the Immigration and Innovation Policy Analysis Sub-Committee and the County Executive’s Ad-Hoc Committee on Immigration Outreach and Relations; participated in the Executive Development Initiative of St. Louis County centered on strategic policy development issues of aging in place; concentration of poverty and the emerging millennial population. She also spearheaded a successful County-wide initiative to enact a Justice Services policy to ensure respect of law and minority rights.
As a former Adjunct Professor at City University of New York (York College) in New York City, her teaching areas included Social Change & Development, Social Stratification, and Inclusion & Development. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from East Carolina University and completed her PhD Coursework in Political Economy & Gender Politics from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Her research work includes Muslim Political Participation & Civic Engagement and Immigrant Integration.
The Advisory Council comprises passionate young professionals who volunteer over ten hours a month.
Advisory Member, California
Sarah Adeel is a design enthusiast and a social entrepreneur. At Rhode Island School of Design, she explored how a prosperous and sustainable social structures takes physical form through design. This research ultimately led to the foundation of a social enterprise [LettuceBee Kids] that reintegrates street children into society. She is also an Acumen, iCats, and Rajeev Circle fellow.
Sarah is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, strategy and brand: Engagements include FUSE Design, Tedx, World Future Society, Foresight & Trends etc. Currently, Sarah is the San Jose and Peninsula Lead for Kiva and an active member of American Pakistan Foundation, developing a nationwide cohort of emerging entrepreneurs and problem solvers to foster thought leadership within APF and beyond.
Advisory Member, Pennsylvania
Shoaib is a technology entrepreneur and small business owner outside Allentown. He founded SpruceIT as a culturally diverse team with a unique vision to blend technology, logistics, and global trade in an ever evolving marketplace. He works with customers across the United States and dozens of countries eliminating data & e-waste liabilities associated with decommissioned digital assets.
Advisory Member, Tennessee
Talha Haseen is a Nashville native and has been an active member of the greater Nashville community for over 15 years. He completed his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University studying Chemical Engineering and Corporate Strategy. He currently works for a consulting firm helping clients address business sustainability challenges.
He is a firm supporter of organizing the talents of the Pakistani-American diaspora to progress society forward. As a Pakistani-American, he believes that Pakistani-Americans are not only deeply rooted into the fabric of contemporary American society but also well positioned torch bearers among the greater community.
Outside of work, Talha has great appreciation for literature and an ever increasing interest for Urdu literature and Pakistani folk music. He is also a great fan of tennis and soccer and plays as often as physically possible
Advisory Member, New York
Kashif Hussain received his bachelor’s and masters’ degree in Engineering from Grove School of Engineering – City College Of New York (CUNY), He is a performance and quality driven project manager with a 15 year record of success; overseeing various phases of multimillion-dollar design/construction, infrastructure, superfund and environmental projects for government and private-sector clients. He continues to play a crucial role in improving the quality of life through his career for the people of the state of New York.
Kashif has been an active member of Federal and NYC Community Emergency Response Teams as well as an active Auxiliary Sergeant with NYPD for over a decade. He is an active volunteer EMT, certified BLS instructor with American Heart Association, and part of a disaster planning team for the greater area of New York. He is a board of trustee with Pakistani American Law Enforcement Society and an active member of Muslim Officers Society of NYPD. He actively serves the humanity as a chaplain with New York State Chaplain Task Force and Muslim Chaplaincy Services of New York.
Advisory Member, New York
Talal was born in Pakistan and has been living in New York City since age two. He completed his undergraduate education at CUNY Macaulay Honors College-Baruch College and a Masters in Public Health at the University of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He then embarked on an entrepreneurial path by working on expanding his family’s real estate and construction business. Because of his experience with vision loss, he has a strong passion for advocating for people with vision loss and other disabilities. He aspires to be a life-long learner and to contribute to the world in as many ways as he can.
Advisory Member, New York
Abeer is a software engineer exploring innovative technology at Merck. She received her bachelors from Binghamton University in Political Science and Economics, masters in Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers, and another masters in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Advisory Member, Illinois
Munzir is an analyst at Tekpro Services in Chicago. He received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Kennesaw State University. He is currently pursuing his graduate studies at University of Illinois-Chicago with aspirations for a Masters in Public Administration. Munzir served as the President of Student Government Association at Kennesaw State University and has served in various leadership positions in student organizations including serving as Philanthropy Chairman in Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.
Advisory Member, Pennsylvania
Meriam Sabih is an internationally recognized journalist and activist who writes and lectures on anti-terrorism, Pakistani politics, and issues regarding American Muslims. Her work has been featured and widely shared on Al-Jazeera America, Huffington Post UK, Friday Times, Daily Times, and the Dawn. She is a journalist member of the National Press Club.
She is an active community leader and member of the American Muslim community and the Pakistani American Community. She was born and raised in New York City. She has been invited to several conferences on Pakistan, Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Media, and Education at the United Nations.
She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Political Science at Lehigh University.
Advisory Member, New York
Subhan Tariq is the managing partner at the Tariq Law Firm. Having represented hundreds of clients with federal litigation matters and arbitration proceedings, Mr. Tariq has secured settlements totaling over $1MM. Subhan received his B.A. in Political Science, Sociology & Economics from UMass Amherst in 2010 and his J.D. from the University of Massachusetts School of Law in 2013 where he graduated in the top 15% of his class and was a Dean’s Fellow and Student Life Chair. He is currently licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Tariq is also passionate about community service and social justice. He is a volunteer attorney with the New York Bar Association, taking on pro-bono cases involving domestic violence and abuse. Mr. Tariq is the Board of Young Muslims, a national grassroots youth organization with chapters across the country. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Muslim Center of New York and on the school board of the Muslim Center Junior High School.