COPAA
COPAA and the Issues
1) Strengthening of United States and Pakistan Relationship
2) Civil liberties and equal opportunities for Pakistani Americans
3) Improving and protecting the regional balance of power in South Asia
4) COPAA on US relationship with India and Pakistan.
5) COPAA on Immigration.
6) Peaceful resolution of Kashmir crisis according to the will of the people of Kashmir
7) Support the building of education and health infrastructure in Pakistan

1) United States and Pakistan Relationship

a) Increase bilateral Pakistan United States trade and develop mechanisms to
increase jobs in Pakistan and increase export to the United States. (learn more
about the Pakistan economy)
b) Increase defense cooperation between Pakistan and United States especially to
try and decrease the imbalance of conventional weapons in South Asia.
c) Increase opportunity to help enable IT outsourcing to Pakistan thus creating
mechanism to reduce costs for US corporations
d) Allowing increase in imports from Pakistan especially with respect to, but not
limited to cotton, rice, carpets, surgical equipment, sports goods.
e) Support immigration of qualified skilled health care workers especially nurses to
come to United States.
f) Create in Congress “Friends of Pakistan” body: It is vital that the importance of a
Pakistan and United States partnership in the 21st century be identified, and the
seed for the establishment of a strong and prosperous Caucus on Pakistan and
Pakistani-Americans in the US be planted.
g) COPAA supports the war on terror and appreciates the United States training and
other support to enable the authorities in Pakistan to identify, arrest, and punish the
perpetrators of terror in Pakistan. Pakistan like theUnited States has been a victim of
terrorism and Pakistan continues to require support in this ongoing war.


2) Civil Liberties and Equal Opportunities for Pakistani Americans

a) . After the tragic event of September 11, 2001, there has been a significant
increase in rules, regulations, and laws, which have resulted in the significant
deterioration in the civil rights of all Americans, specifically the American-Muslim
Community. There has been significant backlash against the community resulting in
manifold increased in hate crimes. COPAA wants to support legislation to result in
stiff penalties and punishment to people involved in any type of hate crimes,
especially those against the American-Muslim Community.
b) While we as Americans are interested in protecting our homeland, we do oppose
laws and the selective implementation of the laws against certain ethnic communities
especially American Muslims and the Pakistani-American Community. We oppose
the Patriot Act which is against the civil rights of all Americans.
c) We oppose the national security exit entry registration system (NSEERS) which
requires registration of people of Pakistani origin.
d) We support the creation of equal opportunity for Pakistani-Americans in the
judicial branches, and the executive branches of the Government. The Pakistani-
American Community consists of many highly qualified individuals, who could serve
in the department such as state treasury, health, and human services, and justice
departments. We support the appointment of Pakistani-Americans to the executive
and judicial branches of the government.


3) Improving and protecting regional balance of power in South Asia

a) We are against the sale of Arrow-missile system by Israel to India. Strategic
defense balance is an absolute necessity for the safety and security of South Asia.

b) Any action or sale of strategic defense equipment, which would lead to further
increase the imbalance in South Asia, places the entire region under the heavy
threat of a nuclear exchange.

c) While absolute actions are necessary to try and reduce tensions and resolve the
unsolved issues between in South Asia. The sales of strategic conventional arms to
India would not only send a wrong message to our ally Pakistan, but would also
worsen the defense imbalance, thus reducing security in the region.

4) COPAA on Pakistan, and India relationship and the role of United States.

a) COPAA feels that the future of the people of Pakistan and India depends in the
stability of the region. Friendship and mutual understanding and peace are the main
key to the future of the people and children of South Asia. This cannot be possible
without both Pakistan and India making peace with each other as their first and
foremost priority.

b) COPAA feels that the relationship of the United States with India and Pakistan
should not be looked at as an either/or relationship. The United States has different
and non conflicting reasons of friendship with both Countries, and should pursue
both.

c) COPAA realizes that the Indian authorities have alleged about the infiltration of
people across the border into Indian controlled Kashmir: COPAA supports the
presence of an international monitor at the line of control in Kashmir to
independently identify and evaluate the claims made by the Indian Government
about illegal border crossing. It is important that the United Nation based
independent groups monitor the borders and truly identify the claims made by both
Pakistan and India.

d) COPAA is against any element in Pakistan and or India which targets or uses
force and terrorist tactics to attack the interest of other's sites. We believe that the
use of violence is not justified to achieve any goals no matter what the cause is.


5) COPAA on Immigration:

United States though blessed with highly qualified workers, does have specific areas
where there is in a short supply. These include:
a) Highly qualified nurses, who are proficient in the English language. Pakistan has
highly trained nurses, who are proficient in the English language would serve to fill
the current deficit in the nursing field in United State’s hospitals. We support the
immigration of qualified nurses to the United State on specific Pakistan based H1B
visas.
b) Pakistan also has highly trained professionals including engineers and physicians
whose entry into the United States would be beneficial, however, immigration laws
need to change.

We oppose the national security exit entry registration system (NSEERS) which
requires registration of people of Pakistani origin

6)Peaceful Resolution of Kashmir Crisis According to the will of the people of
Kashmir:

a) There have been multiple resolutions in the United Nations supporting the
resolution of the Kashmir crisis according to the will of the people of Kashmir. Based
on the principles of human rights, internationally accepted laws, and morality require
that we allow the people of Kashmir to make a determination of their future. COPAA
supports the rights of the people of Kashmir and urges the United States
government to support the right of the people of Kashmir to make their own choice

b) COPAA realizes that the Indian authorities have alleged about the infiltration of
people across the border into Indian controlled Kashmir: COPAA supports the
presence of international monitor at the line of control in Kashmir to independently
identify and evaluate the claims made by the Indian Government about the illegal
border crossing. It is important that United Nation based independent groups monitor
the borders and truly identify the claims made by both Pakistan and India

7) Support the building of education and health infrastructure in Pakistan


Support the building of education and health infrastructure in Pakistan by increasing
budgets and support through USAID programs.


It is important to recognize that the war on terror has lead to a significant negative
impact on the economy and the infrastructure of Pakistan. This has resulted in huge
pressure on the already weak economy of Pakistan. As a result of the above, the
health infrastructure and the education infrastructure of Pakistan has suffered. The
United States must use programs like USAID and other programs to help build the
educational, health and economic infrastructure of Pakistan. Pakistan has significant
debt at this time, it is important to use different mechanisms including further debt
rescheduling and servicing to ensure that more resources could be placed on
building up of the infrastructure of the country.