Reconciling personal achievements with the broader needs of the community is something which is greatly desired by Pakistanis. They selflessly seek the development and encouragement of the community as a whole
Dr. Riaz Ahmad
Reconciling personal achievements with the broader needs of the community is something which is greatly desired by Pakistanis. They selflessly seek the development and encouragement of the community as a whole whilst trying to achieve great things for themselves. One individual who had applied his thoughts and actions to uniting the needs of the community with his own personal achievements was Dr. Riaz Ahmad.
Dr. Riaz Ahmad graduated from Government College Lahore and then earned his Ph.D from the University of Maryland. He then served as deputy secretary at the Planning Commission of Pakistan. After migrating to the United States, he worked as the director of a local Detroit hospital, followed by administrating two health care companies for 23 years. Dr Ahmad, who was one of the founding fathers of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, a scholarly exchange program of scholars between Pakistan and USA. More than one hundred books have been written in USA on various subjects on Pakistan since 1973. He was a former trustee and secretary of Pakistan American Foundation, which publishes a journal on South Asia and Middle Eastern studies since 1973 and has also been the President of Pakistan American Association in Michigan for four terms during the 1980’s.
He was one of the founding fathers and former President of Pakistan American Congress, a nationwide political action group to help Pakistan through American Legislature and Executive branches since 1990; he introduced the idea of this umbrella organization to unite the many local Pakistani associations. He was the President of Pakistan American Friendship Society for three years and was a board member.
Dr Ahmad was the first Chairman of Pakistan Council of Asia Society in Washington DC area for six years 1971-77 (The Society; developed and conducted seminars on Pakistan). He was a former board member of International Institute for three years to help Immigrants, especially Muslims to settle in the Detroit area. He received an award from the City of Detroit for this effort in 1990.
Dr Ahmad was the Chairman of POW’s release Committee in 1972, a nationwide effort to bring attention on the prisoners issue and helped pass a resolution in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Congress to release Pakistani prisoners in India after the war of 1971.
Dr Ahmad was a Board Member of the American Muslim Alliance, a nationwide Political Educational Group helping Muslims to become active in Political affairs and get elected as delegates to National Conventions and advance politically in America.
Dr Ahmad, who was also the President of two charitable organizations to help the poor in Bangladesh and Pakistan, also had spoken at numerous seminars and functions on Pakistan, international relations, welfare and Islam.
Dr. Riaz Ahmad passed away on 9 February, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan, United States.