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Terrorism Probe Shakes Lodi and Its Pakistani Community

Syed C. Shah arrived in this San Joaquin Valley wine hub from Peshawar, Pakistan nearly five decades ago, a farmworker following the immigrant trail. He picked apples, grapes, cherries — “everything that grew.” “It was all German people here,” Shah, now 70, recalled. But Lodi, he soon decided, would be his permanent home.In the years since, Shah has obtained visas for enough family members to fill 20 households. He co-founded Lodi’s only mosque, a pale yellow former Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall of clapboard and stucco near a city park on the southeast side of town. Shah also saw relations with Lodi’s “white Americans” mature over the years like the zinfandel this town is known for. It has been a largely harmonious coexistence, he and others said, punctuated by occasional low-grade hostility. But the community peace was shattered by this week’s widening FBI terrorism probe.Full Story

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