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US Congresswoman supports Muhajir cause

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Expressing concern over the violation of human rights of Muhajirs in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, an influential Republican Congresswoman has assured the small community living in the US to raise their voice in the and with other officials.

"We can have the witnesses (of human rights violations) come in to (Congressional) hearings, go to different think- tanks," Barbara Comstock told a meeting of World Muhajir in a Virginia suburb of DC on Sunday.

Economic development and education goes hand in hand, Comstock said after leaders of the World Muhajir appraised her about the gross violation of human rights of their community in and how they are being deprived of their economic development and education by the ruling establishment.

Local Republican leader from Virginia Puneet Ahluwalia said this is an important issue for the community.

"We have to make coalition of leadership here in the US and tell the American diplomats in to meet with the Mohajir leaders in to hear their views," he said.

Members of the Muhajir community living in and around DC area have been meeting influential lawmakers and officials of the Trump Administration to apprise them of the ground realities in

In October, they had a town hall with Congressman Rob Wittman, Chairman of important Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.

Last week, a delegation of World Muhajir Congress presented a memorandum in this regard to Alice Wells, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 08:13 IST