While addressing a 06-member delegation of US journalists who are scheduled to visit Pakistan soon, Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry said that perceptions about Pakistan are trailing behind and there is a need to look at Pakistan with a fresh perspective. Pakistan has made tremendous progress on security and economic fronts and is on the path of sustainable economic development, he added.
On the occasion, Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry briefed the US journalists from various media organizations about the tremendous sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and the tangible results achieved on ground. The successful military campaign, Zarb-e-Azab has helped in clearing adjoining areas near Pak-Afghan border. The results of counter terrorism operations have salutary impact on our economy as all economic indicators are pointing upwards. Investment is flowing in Pakistan from many countries in the world including the US.
Ambassador Chaudhry reiterated that Pakistan has unwavering commitment to eliminate terrorism in all its forms & manifestations. Pakistan would not let its soil be used to launch or even plan attack against any other country in the region.
Commenting on Pakistan-US bilateral relations, Ambassador Chaudhry said that both Pakistan and USA by working together for decades, have benefitted and we believe that Pakistan and US should continue working together in future as well.
While responding to a question on Afghanistan, Ambassador Chaudhry remarked that peace in Afghanistan is imperative for the peace in the entire region. History bears testimony to the fact that instability in Afghanistan always has a spillover effect in other countries of the region particularly Pakistan. Pakistan will actively take part along with other partners in finding out a political solution of the Afghan issue.
Towards the end of the meeting, Ambassador Chaudhry greatly appreciated the efforts of International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) in organizing Journalist exchange programs, sponsored by the US State Department. ICFJ takes American journalists to Pakistan and invites Pakistani Journalists to the US on regular basis. Such exchange initiatives promote harmony and better understanding about different cultures and faiths and bring people from both the countries closer to each other, he concluded.
May 10, 2017