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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's rally drew nearly 30,000 Pakistani-Americans to Capital One Arena on Sunday, July 21, 2019. It was the largest ever public gathering of any diaspora to welcome a foreign visiting leader in the United States. Earlier record of 18,000 was set by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally at New York City's Madison Square Garden in 2014.


Prime Minister Imran Khan Addressing 30,000 Pakistani-Americans at Capital One Arena in Washington DC

Pakistani-Americans' Rally at Capital One Arena:

Coming a day prior to the prime minister's official meetings with President Donald Trump and the US Congressional leader, the 30,000 cheering supporters at Capital One Arena boosted the confidence and the legitimacy of the Pakistani leader in the eyes of the US government leadership in the White House and on Capitol Hill. It also put on full display the increasing numbers and the growing clout of the Pakistani-American in their adopted home.


Asians in America. Source: National Geographic

There are over half a million Pakistani-Americans and nearly 4 million Indian-Americans in the United States, a ratio of one-to-eight. However, enthusiastic Pakistani-Americans managed to pull off a bigger rally for their leader than the Indian-Americans did for their Prime Minister back in 2018.

Prime Minister Imran Khan with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office

Imran Khan Meets President Trump:

On July 22, 2019, Prime Minister Imran Khan was warmly welcomed by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania who tweeted her pictures with visiting leader. Prime Minister Imran Khan reminded the President that he has always believed that there is no military solution to Afghanistan. The only way to end America's longest war is through a political process involving negotiations with the Taliban.


Rep Sheila Jackson Lee and other Members of Pakistan Caucus With PM Imran Khan

Speaking with the media in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Oval Office, President Trump said: "It's my honor to have the very popular and great athlete, the Prime Minister of Pakistan at White House". The President added that Pakistan was helping the US to "extricate" US troops from Afghanistan, through political negotiations.

President Trump offered to mediate in the India-Pakistan conflict in Kashmir. He said that he was making the offer after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested that he "mediate or arbitrate" in the long running dispute between two South Asian neighbors."If I can help, I would love to be a mediator," Trump said in the Oval Office. "If I can do anything on that let me know."


Prime Minister Imran Khan with Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Capitol Hill:

US Congress Speaker Nancy Pelosi welcomed Prime Minister Imran Khan on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. She said US-Pakistan relations are "important" and thanked Pakistan for the "beautiful gift" of Pakistani Americans that she said the country had given to the US. She was joined by a large number of members of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The United States House of Representatives passed resolution H. RES 506 "welcoming the inaugural visit to the United States of the 22d Prime Minister of Pakistan and continuing support and commitment to the long and enduring friendship between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan".

The House Resolution acknowledged the "significant role of the Pakistani-American diaspora in building bridges of friendship between Pakistan and the United States; and... encourages people-to-people contact, particularly in the economic domain, as the way forward in rebuilding the bilateral relationship into an enduring partnership."


PM Imran Khan Signing "Dil Dil Pakistan" Cricket Bat For Congressman Swalwell

Many congressmen with large numbers of Pakistani-American voters were particularly eager to have their pictures taken with Prime Minister Imran Khan. San Francisco Bay Area Rep Eric Swalwell tweeted: "Representing one of the largest Pakistani-American congressional districts in the country, it was an honor to welcome #Pakistan PM @ImranKhanPTI to #America. A former cricket star, he was kind enough to sign a bat I bought in #Islamabad."


Silicon Valley Rep Ro Khanna and Members of Pakistan Caucus With PM Imran Khan

Another Congressman, Rep Ro Khanna representing Silicon Valley, tweeted: "Honored to meet PM Imran Khan. We spoke Hindustani, and I shared that my grandfather, an Indian freedom fighter with Gandhi, always had a hope for reconciliation. South Asian Americans of my generation hope for peace in the subcontinent in the 21st century."

Imran Khan at USIP:

Prime Minister Imran Khan was a guest at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), a Washington DC think tank funded by the US government. He was interviewed by USIP President Nancy Lindborg in front of a live audience. In response to a question, the Prime Minister called for “a relationship as equals, of friendship,” rather than, “as it has been before,” with Pakistan “wanting aid from the U.S. and then for aid Pakistan is expected to do certain things. The reason why I'm happy leaving the U.S. this time because we have a relationship now based on a mutual interest, which is peace in Afghanistan.”

Summary:

Prime Minister Imran Khan's successful historic visit to the United States has brought into sharp focus the increasing numbers and growing clout of the half a million strong Pakistani-American community. The 30,000 Pakistani-Americans who attended the rally at Capital One Arena in Washington DC made it abundantly clear that the community has "arrived". Several Congressmen whose districts have significant numbers of Pakistani-Americans tweeted their pictures with Imran Khan. The House resolution welcoming the Prime Minister also acknowledged the "significant role of the Pakistani-American diaspora in building bridges of friendship between Pakistan and the United States; and... encourages people-to-people contact, particularly in the economic domain, as the way forward in rebuilding the bilateral relationship into an enduring partnership."

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I remember Modi's speech in Madison square! It was featured by John Oliver in SNL
It was interesting at the same time somewhat comical as well. "May the force be with you" LOL.

Actually I don't know anything about Imran beyond him being Pakistan's PM and his coverage by popular media here is a bit muted. Seems he enjoys some celebrity status within his country.

I guess it is one of those rivalries. Since Indian did this, we will out do it and go in bigger numbers. I think OP is misreading the leaves. Pakistan folks WANTED to out do Indians. Would love to see how Indians now counter play it in any future PM visits.
 

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I remember Modi's speech in Madison square! It was featured by John Oliver in SNL
It was interesting at the same time somewhat comical as well. "May the force be with you" LOL.

Actually I don't know anything about Imran beyond him being Pakistan's PM and his coverage by popular media here is a bit muted. Seems he enjoys some celebrity status within his country.

I guess it is one of those rivalries. Since Indian did this, we will out do it and go in bigger numbers. I think OP is misreading the leaves. Pakistan folks WANTED to out do Indians. Would love to see how Indians now counter play it in any future PM visits.
You are wrong, Pakistanis have no obsession with Indian, In fact Pakistanis want to distance themself from Indian as much as possible...Indians...yes they will try to out do Pakistanis
 

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You are wrong, Pakistanis have no obsession with Indian, In fact Pakistanis want to distance themself from Indian as much as possible...Indians...yes they will try to out do Pakistanis
As much as I have met Pakistan folks and Indians, they seem to be weirdly competitive with each other when it comes to anything involving numbers and ranks. Heck read this article, it is painfully filled with too much Indian stats. Also, you cann't be neighbors and distance yourself from each other. That thing never happens. Lastly, your two nations are sworn enemies and have fought quite a few wars. If you are telling me that you are not obsessed with your sole enemy than you are remarkably naive.

Thats like saying US and USSR were not obsessed with each other. And yes, we know how much true that was.
 

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I remember Modi's speech in Madison square! It was featured by John Oliver in SNL
It was interesting at the same time somewhat comical as well. "May the force be with you" LOL.

Actually I don't know anything about Imran beyond him being Pakistan's PM and his coverage by popular media here is a bit muted. Seems he enjoys some celebrity status within his country.

I guess it is one of those rivalries. Since Indian did this, we will out do it and go in bigger numbers. I think OP is misreading the leaves. Pakistan folks WANTED to out do Indians. Would love to see how Indians now counter play it in any future PM visits.
Its the other way around! Last thing we do is look at india... To follow and out do. We pakistaniz look towards turkey china uae and at times iran for guidance and inspiration.

India just needs to he countered because they won't give up kashmir and hostilities and war can break out any time.... They got nukes we got nukes to counter them . in military and politics we just counter them to keep balance otherwise india is a very very primitive nation and society we would be damned if got obsessed with those primitive brown indians tp our south east.
 

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Its the other way around! Last thing we do is look at india... To follow and out do. We pakistaniz look towards turkey china uae and at times iran for guidance and inspiration.

India just needs to he countered because they won't give up kashmir and hostilities and war can break out any time.... They got nukes we got nukes to counter them . in military and politics we just counter them to keep balance otherwise india is a very very primitive nation and society we would be damned if got obsessed with those primitive brown indians tp our south east.
Sure! And US and USSR were never competing or trying to outdo each other anywhere. I believe you. NOT!
 

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I remember Modi's speech in Madison square! It was featured by John Oliver in SNL
It was interesting at the same time somewhat comical as well. "May the force be with you" LOL.

Actually I don't know anything about Imran beyond him being Pakistan's PM and his coverage by popular media here is a bit muted. Seems he enjoys some celebrity status within his country.

I guess it is one of those rivalries. Since Indian did this, we will out do it and go in bigger numbers. I think OP is misreading the leaves. Pakistan folks WANTED to out do Indians. Would love to see how Indians now counter play it in any future PM visits.
Reminds me of the "The Emperor's New Clothes" story. We just need a child to blurt out "what promise or achievement has he fulfilled" and the rest of the fools will follow. IK (and his TPI-Trick Party Invisible) is parading around like the king but bare of any manifesto accomplishments.
 

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Reminds me of the "The Emperor's New Clothes" story. We just need a child to blurt out "what promise or achievement has he fulfilled" and the rest of the fools will follow. IK (and his TPI-Trick Party Invisible) is parading around like the king but bare of any manifesto accomplishments.
I will be honest, I don't know much about Pakistan's internal politics to comment on it. And neither do I know about India. I do know that both the communities in Canada and US have a love-hate relationship with each other. They do like to show each other down. It also does not help that many people here --ignorantly so-- confuse them for one and other.
 

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As much as I have met Pakistan folks and Indians, they seem to be weirdly competitive with each other when it comes to anything involving numbers and ranks. Heck read this article, it is painfully filled with too much Indian stats. Also, you cann't be neighbors and distance yourself from each other. That thing never happens. Lastly, your two nations are sworn enemies and have fought quite a few wars. If you are telling me that you are not obsessed with your sole enemy than you are remarkably naive.

Thats like saying US and USSR were not obsessed with each other. And yes, we know how much true that was.
Do you think an ordinary Russian care much about what ordinary American is doing?
Pakistan's obsession with India is only limited to Kashmir and competition in Armed forces.
 

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I remember Modi's speech in Madison square! It was featured by John Oliver in SNL
It was interesting at the same time somewhat comical as well. "May the force be with you" LOL.

Actually I don't know anything about Imran beyond him being Pakistan's PM and his coverage by popular media here is a bit muted. Seems he enjoys some celebrity status within his country.

I guess it is one of those rivalries. Since Indian did this, we will out do it and go in bigger numbers. I think OP is misreading the leaves. Pakistan folks WANTED to out do Indians. Would love to see how Indians now counter play it in any future PM visits.
hell no sane Pakistani wanted to out do indian thats for sure .
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no body wanna be a urine drinker . do you ?
 

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Imran Khan's Historic Washington Rally: The Largest Ever

Opps , when trump hears there goes your aid
 

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Do you think an ordinary Russian care much about what ordinary American is doing?
During the cold war they did!
Partly because of propaganda. Both Russia and USA did massive propaganda. These days states don't even need to do any propaganda, social media does it for them.

https://allthatsinteresting.com/soviet-propaganda-posters#5
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-American_sentiment_in_Russia#Cold_War_era_politics

US hysteria about soviet Russia can be very well understood by just one word: McCarthy.

Remaining reason because of hanging sword of nuclear war.

hell no sane Pakistani wanted to out do indian thats for sure .
Oh well. Being on this forum, I guess i don't even need to point you to look anywhere else. That said, there is no need for any shame. Its not the first time two sworn enemies had this kind of one-upmanship.
 

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