PTI takes advocacy of scores of congressmen to establish good relations with US

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) engaged six vocal congressmen for better advocacy to establish good relations with the government of the United States of America (USA).

The party’s USA chapter has engaged congressmen from both major parties, Republicans & Democrats, in an attempt to build a good image among officials of the US government.

Two US citizens, Sajjad Burki and Waqar Khan, filed a declaration with the Department of Justice, revealing that the PTI US Chapter went for advocacy of six American Congressmen who would provide advocacy for setting forth below a general description of the registrant’s political activities. “Advocacy of PTI with US government officials,” is the main purpose of engaging these lobbyists.

According to documents submitted by the Department of Justice, the PTI US chapter hired services from time to time for these Senators starting from May 2023. Sajjad Burki and Waqar Khan made this submission on Oct 30, 2023.

Details revealed that PTI took the advocacy of Senator Bob Menendez. He is a member of the Democratic Party and was first appointed to the US Senate by Governor Jon Corzine, and chaired the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations from 2013 to 2015, and again from 2021 to 2023.

An Indian-origin Congressman Subramanian Raja Krishnamoorthi provided advocacy services to PTI USA: Subramanian Raja Krishnamoorthi is an American businessman, politician, and attorney serving as the US representative for Illinois’s 8th congressional district since 2017. The district includes many of Chicago’s western and northwestern suburbs, such as Hoffman Estates, Elgin, Schaumburg, Wood Dale, and Elk Grove Village.

A member of the Democratic Party, Krishnamoorthi serves as the Ranking Member of the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Congressman Darin Lahood went for PTI advocacy. He is an American attorney and politician who has served as a US representative from Illinois since 2015. He is a member of the Republican Party, Lahood has represented the 16th district since 2023, and previously represented the 18th district from 2015 to 2023. Congressman Mihael Mccual gave advocacy.

He is an attorney and politician serving as the US representative for Texas’s 10th congressional district since 2005. A member of the Republican Party, he chaired the House Committee on Homeland Security during the 113th, 114th, and 115th Congresses. His district stretches from Austin to Houston.

McCaul became the Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the 118th Congress in 2023. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Horst: Elizabeth Horst is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for Pakistan.  

She came from the US Embassy in Berlin, where she was Minister Counselor for Public Diplomacy for Mission Germany.  She is a member of the Senior Foreign Service. She gave advocacy services to PTI US. Previously, Elizabeth served as SCA’s Director of the Security, Transnational Affairs and Assistance (STA) Office. PTI got the services of Congressman Eric Swalwell. Swalwell is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. representative for California’s 14th congressional district since 2023. His district, numbered as the 15th district from 2013 to 2023, covers most of eastern Alameda County and part of central Contra Costa County. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Staff director to Senator Cynthia Jeanne Shaheen was requested for services.

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PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan told Hum Investigation Team that he was trying to get details on this development. PTI’s finance team is looking into details of these firms PTI US chapter is hosting.

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