Raia Joins PAANA Delegation To Celebrate Pakistan Day

Pakistani-American Association of North America travels to Capitol to raise awareness of founding holiday
March 24, 2009

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.”