Houston, 8 December 2021 (TDI): Days ago, the Consul General of Pakistan in Houston Abrar H. Hashmi, Participated in a gala organized by the Association of Physicians of Pakistani descent in north America (APPNA).

The Mayor of Houston, Texas Sylvester Turner participated and lauded the Pakistani descent physicians for their dedication to their work. This is proof that the organization has been working properly and have recognition. This Gala is one edition of the events that APPNA organizes, this event was the 2021 edition.

APPNA Background

The Association of Physicians of Pakistani descent in North America(APPNA), is a non-profit organization, that was incorporated formally on August 29 of 1977.

The APPNA members are physicians of Pakistani descent and friends. The Organization has many branches, such as the Women physician of APPNA, APPNA Young Professionals Network, APPNA South Texas, and many more.

Concerning APPNA South Texas, it is the branch that exists in Texas. It provides a portal for physicians and friends of Pakistani descent in south Texas to connect, share, and network. This is meant to support and serve neighbors and the communities and develop a structure to strengthen the south section Branch.

The United States and Pakistan relations 

The US and Pakistan interact, in the diplomatic, economic, and civilian spheres. First, in the diplomatic sphere, each country has representatives in the other that help them interact.  The US has an embassy in Islamabad and consulates in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar. Pakistan has an embassy in Washington DC and consulates in Houston, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Secondly, in the economic area, the US has been a top investor in Pakistan for the last two decades.  Its major investments are in consumer goods, chemicals, energy, agriculture, transportation, and communications to just cite a few. The US  and Pakistani leaders also interact through the US commerce department and the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).

Last but not least, in civilian interaction, the US and Pakistan collaborate, in enhancing security, stability, prosperity, and self-reliance. For instance, the US assistance focused on issues of refugees, law enforcement, civil society people-to-people exchange, and countering infectious diseases like polio and COVID-19.