Karachi's Mayor Mustafa Kamal signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mayor Bill White that declares Pakistan's largest city as a sister city to Houston.Î¾ Council member M.J. Khan helped pave the way for the memorandum.
"Karachi's the 100th Muslim city where any American city will be signing the Sister City agreement.Î¾ First of all, both Houston and Karachi are very diverse cities.Î¾ Both cities are considered cities of opportunities.Î¾ Both cities are port cities.Î¾ Both cities have tremendous commitment for business development.Î¾ Besides that, the way Karachi is dealing with this extremism and Talibanization, Houston can learn a lot from that, and I think the whole world can learn a lot."Î¾Î¾
Councilman Khan says there's a huge Pakistani ex-pat community in Houston.
"There are 80,000 to 100,000 people of Pakistani origin living in Houston.Î¾ I myself, an ex-Karachi-ite.Î¾ I went to school there, got my education there.Î¾ I was born in Karachi, so it's really an exciting day for me personally, and 80,000 to 100,00 Pakistani-Americans who live in Houston—they are extremely proud and extremely excited.Î¾ So that also helps the Sister City agreement, when you have a huge base of natural supporters of this agreement, it just makes things so much easier."
Sister Cities of Houston is a program that develops intercultural understanding and promotes international trade and commerce, economic development and tourism.Î¾
Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.