Lodi Terror Probe Widens Community Divide

August 13, 2005

Source: Contra Costa Times


On August 13, 2005 the Contra Costa Times reported, "Twenty-year-old Nawaz Shah was tired of his community being invisible. So three years ago, Shah and a group of other Pakistani-Americans in this small agricultural town helped launched the annual Pakistan Independence Day festival, complete with kabobs, a fashion show with traditional clothing and dancing in the three-digit heat. 'We wanted everybody to know we were here,' said Shah, last year's emcee at the event to mark Pakistan's independence from the British rule on Aug. 14, 1947. There will be no such celebration this year, after the community was thrust into the spotlight by the arrests or detentions of five local Pakistanis who federal authorities accuse of terrorism-related activities... The investigation and national attention have aggravated a pre-existing rift within Lodi's Muslim community, sparked a bitter power struggle at the Lodi Muslim Mosque and cast suspicion on the community from some non-Muslims."