Pakistan: Immigrant Stories

Pakistani Immigrants in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD Metro Areas

Approximately 40,000 Pakistani immigrants live in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD metro areas. The largest numbers of Pakistani immigrants are found in Fairfax County (11,630), Prince William County, VA (5,354) and Baltimore County, MD (4,406). Sixty-four percent of Pakistani immigrants are naturalized U.S. citizens, compared to 50 percent for all other foreign-born individuals.

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Meet a Pakistani Immigrant

M. Siddique Sheikh was born and raised in Gujranwala, Pakistan. His father was a businessman supplying the city with wholesale sugar, wheat, rice and other items. Mr. Sheikh came to the United States in 1969. In 1980, Mr. Sheikh started his first business, and today, he has 125 employees in 15 locations across Washington, DC metro area. He also has investments in insurance, banking, and property. For the last 35 years, Mr. Sheikh has been the Chairman and Founder of the Pakistan American Business Association (PABA) which was founded as a non-profit organization. Under this organization, Mr. Sheikh has organized a number of seminars and trade shows.

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