- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A professor from Pakistan set to teach at the University of North Dakota is sharing his experiences with violence in the Middle East in hopes of raising awareness about the impact on his home country.

Muhammad Samin Khan and his family recently moved to Grand Forks to see a new culture, but also to protect their children. They lived in Peshawar, where a militant attack on a school killed 150 people, most of them children.

“It makes me cry every time I mention this story to anyone,” he said.

Khan wants to use his position teaching political science and public administration at the University to, in part, show “the sufferings that Pakistani people have gone through,” he told WDAZ-TV (https://bit.ly/1MacjQv).

He hopes he can help students understand the nature of a post-9/11 world, he said.

“To see how things happened,” he said. “Not to see them in a religious perspective, but to see them from a purely academic, research, political perspective.”

Despite the violence, Samin believes Pakistan is a friendly country and said Pakistani people have great respect for the United States. He wants to show people in North Dakota that the U.S. and Pakistan are not so different.

“They have the same aspirations,” he said. “They want safe schools, they want drinking water, they want to make more money, they want good jobs.”

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