Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Congressional Sindh Caucus

  

Mission: The Congressional Sindh Caucus is a group of Members interested in raising awareness about Sindhis in Pakistan and Sindhi-Americans.  The Caucus focuses on issues of importance to the Sindhi community in Pakistan, including human rights abuses in and near the Sindh Province and the preservation of Sindhi language and culture.

Chair: Representative Brad Sherman (CA-30) 

Members: Representatives Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9), Adam Schiff (CA-28), Barbara Comstock (VA-10), Louise Slaughter (NY-25), and Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48). 

Issues: 

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About Sindh and Sindhis (click here to read a complete report about Sindh and Sindhis): Sindh is one of Pakistan's four provinces, accounting for roughly one-fifth to one-quarter of the country's population in less than 18% of its land area. Its provincial capital, Karachi, is among the world's largest megacities; it is a major financial and economic center, and also the site of significant sectarian, ethnic, and political violence.

Pakistan's 1971 bifurcation into two states left a "rump" (West) Pakistan dominated both politically and demographically by Punjabis, but containing other major ethnonationalist communities: Sindhis, Mohajirs, Pashtuns, and Baloch. Increased Punjabi dominance elicited considerable resentment among the country's ethnic minorities.

Sindh historically has possessed many of the trappings of a modern nation-state. Yet it exists in a circumstance wherein its autonomy (and that of Pakistan’s other “minority provinces”) is significantly restrained by a politically and demographically dominant Punjabi province and ethnicity. Sindh thus operates in a seemingly permanent state of disadvantage, and is seen by some to be unlikely to meet its full social and economic potential in the absence of major qualitative changes to the Pakistani state.