Raia Joins PAANA Delegation To Celebrate Pakistan Day
Assemblyman Andrew Raia (second from left, bottom) shown with members of PAANA inside the Capitol
Albany – Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport) was joined here on Monday by organization president Shahid Ali Khan and members of the Pakistani-American Association of North America (PAANA) in honor of Pakistan Day, a celebration of the March 23, 1940 Lahore Resolution, the Muslim country’s founding document. PAANA is a nationally recognized organization which serves charitable causes on behalf of the Pakistani-American population by promoting understanding of its culture and fostering further integration; providing monetary aid and relief during natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes; and fighting prejudice and discrimination through interfaith dialogue among Christians, Jews and Muslims. The group’s representatives, including Khan, were presented with a legislative resolution in the Assembly chamber during their visit as well.
“PAANA has fed the needy, it has fought discriminatory practices against Pakistani-Americans and it has promoted reconciliation among confessional groups,” said Raia. “I am proud to represent the vibrant Pakistani-American community of the 9th Assembly District, and I look forward to welcoming back Mr. Shahid Ali Khan and his group during future visits.”