Chicago, 4 June 2022 (TDI): The Consul-General of Pakistan to Chicago, Tariq Karim, attended an event hosted by the PPS along with US officials and local community representatives.

The event was also attended by the Secretary of State of Illinois Jesse White.

While speaking on the occasion, the Consul-General commended the Pakistani-American community for its role in the country. He specially mentioned the Pakistani-origin professionals and the members of the medical fraternity.

Hundreds of Pakistanis in the United States work in the medical sector as doctors and healthcare professionals.

He also applauded them for their service to society and for promoting cooperation between the two countries. The Consul-General further recognized their contributions to expanding knowledge, exercising expertise, and improving technology.

Previously, the Consul-General visited the state of Ohio to enhance cultural, trade, and people-to-people ties between Pakistan and the Midwestern US. He participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at the Pakistan Cultural Garden in Cleveland.

Pakistanis in Chicago

There are around 5 hundred thousand people of Pakistani descent across the United States. This diaspora comprises students, professionals, workers, and other immigrants.

A small but active community lives around the Chicago area. Pakistan’s Consulate-General in the city serves the needs of the Pakistani community.

Pakistani presence has been most visible along Devon Avenue, which is the cultural and commercial center of Chicago’s South Asian communities.

A portion of Devon just east of Western Avenue has been designated “Mohammed Ali Jinnah Way,” in honor of Pakistan’s founder and first head of state.

Moreover, the Pakistanis in Chicago have established social and cultural institutions to keep their traditions and lifestyles alive.

The Pakistan-United States Bilateral Relations

Pakistan and the United States are celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations this year. Having established relations in 1947 after Pakistan’s independence from the British empire.

Pakistan and the US were allies during the Cold War. Afterward, the two countries also allied during the US-led War on Terror in Afghanistan. US granted Pakistan the status of major US Non-NATO ally during that time.

Furthermore, there is a high frequency of government-to-government and people-to-people interaction between the two countries. In addition, both countries enjoy strong economic and trade ties.