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Bridging the Cultural Gap
 
As a Pakistani immigrant who relocated to the United States in 1991 and realized the American Dream, Dr. Raza Bokhari is a strong believer in American values. After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, he became much more involved in public policy. Today, he uses his access to policy makers, political leaders and statesmen to be the “voice of reason” in an attempt to bridge the ever-increasing gap between the west and east. Raza works with Karen Hughes, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, and has traveled to countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan to promote American values of democracy, tolerance and pluralism abroad and help combat negative images propagated in many parts of the world.

Raza is the Past President of the Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee (PAKPAC), a national, membership-based, not-for-profit lobbying organization registered with the U.S. Federal Election Commission. PAKPAC’s mission is to advance and strengthen U.S.-Pakistan relations, while working tirelessly to preserve, protect and promote ideals of civil liberties commonly cherished by all Americans. PAKPAC is organized to give voice to issues and concerns common to the Pakistani American community. It play’s an important role in fostering greater political and civic engagement within the Pakistani Americans. For more information on PAKPAC, visit www.pakpac.net.

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Raza with General David Petreaus and Ed Satell

Raza with General David Petreaus and Ed Satell



Raza with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Raza with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi



Raza with Governor Romney and Claudia McBride, President World Affairs Council, Philadelphia, PA

Raza with Governor Romney and Claudia McBride, President World Affairs Council, Philadelphia, PA



Raza with Senator Gillibrand of New York

Raza with Senator Gillibrand of New York



Raza and Sabina with Secretary of State Colin Powell & President Musharraf

Raza and Sabina with Secretary of State Colin Powell & President Musharraf



Raza with President(s) Bush and Musharraf

Raza with President(s) Bush and Musharraf





Raza with Vice President, Al Gore at a World Affairs Council of
Philadelphia Luncheon Event






Raza with Honorable Dr. Condoleezza Rice





Dr. Raza Bokhari joined Trudy Rubin of the Philadelphia Inquirer
at the World Affairs Council forum "Pakistan: A Nation in Crisis, A World at Risk"


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Raza with Barack Obama

Dr. Raza Bokhari Shares Thoughts with Barack Obama on Ways to Curb Anti-American Sentiments in Pakistan




Sabina & Raza Bokhari with Former Secretary of State James Baker




Raza with Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican Leader of 110th Congress




Raza with HH Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al-Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research-UAE & Chairman of The Dhabi Group




Raza with President Musharraf at Pakpac Annual Dinner December 2007




Raza with US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson


Sabina and Raza Bokhari with President George W. Bush

Sabina and Raza Bokhari with President George W. Bush


Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker at PAKPAC

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker
at PAKPAC annual winter meeting, December 2006, Islamabad, Pakistan



Raza Bokhari with H.E. Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of Pakistan

Raza Bokhari with H.E. Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of Pakistan


Sabina and Raza Bokhari with U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

Sabina and Raza Bokhari with U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
at PAKPAC annual summer meeting, June 30, 2007, Orlando, Florida



Sabina and Raza Bokhari with First Lady Laura Bush

Sabina and Raza Bokhari with First Lady Laura Bush


Sabina and Raza Bokhari with New Jersey Governor John Corzine

Sabina and Raza Bokhari with New Jersey Governor John Corzine


Sabina and Raza Bokhari with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf

Sabina and Raza Bokhari with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf


Sabina and Raza Bokhari with former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum

Sabina and Raza Bokhari with former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum


Sabina and Raza Bokhari with U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Sabina and Raza Bokhari with U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee


Raza Bokhari with Pakistani Ambassador Jehangir Karamat

Raza Bokhari with Pakistani Ambassador Jehangir Karamat


Sabina and Raza Bokhari with U.S. Senator Arlen Specter and his wife

Sabina and Raza Bokhari with U.S. Senator Arlen Specter and his wife Joan


Raza Bokhari with U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

Raza Bokhari with U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales


Raza Bokhari with U.S. Senators Barack Obama and Tom Harkins

Raza Bokhari with U.S. Senators Barack Obama and Tom Harkins


Raza Bokhari with Philadelphia Mayor John Street

Raza Bokhari with Philadelphia Mayor John Street


Raza Bokhari with former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani

Raza Bokhari with former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani


Raza Bokhari with U.S. Senator John McCain

Raza Bokhari with U.S. Senator John McCain


Raza with U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee on Capitol Hill

Raza with U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee on Capitol Hill


Raza Bokhari appearing on Comcast Newsmakers

Raza Bokhari appearing on Comcast Newsmakers


Pakistan President Musharraf at PAKPAC Annual Dinner

Pakistan President Musharraf at PAKPAC Annual Dinner
December 2005 Islamabad, Pakistan



Raza with Mitt Romney

Sabina and Raza Bokhari with Presidential candidate Mitt Romney


Raza Bokhari with Mayor Street

Raza Bokhari with Philadelphia Mayor John Street at the Phillies opening playoff game, October 2007


Raza Bokhari with US Ambassador Ryan Crocker

Raza Bokhari with Ambassador Ryan Crocker, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq


Raza with Bob Casey II

Raza Bokhari with U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania





Dr. Raza Bokhari delivers keynote speech at APML Canada convention

January 24th, 2015
Dr. Raza Bokhari delivering keynote speech at All Pakistan Muslim League workers convention in Toronto, Canada

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Reaction to Pakistan Army School Attack

December 17th, 2014

Raza Bokhari reacts to Pakistan Army School Attack on POTUS Channel 124 with Michael Smerconish.  Listen online

Working to Bridge gaps between US, Pakistan

June 3rd, 2014

Dr. Raza Bokhari was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer. He spoke with the reporter about a range of issues including US- Pakistan relations, discrimination in United States, rising extremism in Pakistan, and his ties with General Pervez Musharraf, the former President of Pakistan.  Read more...

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