The Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, H.E. Mr. Jalil Abbas Jilani delivered a keynote address at the Spring Convention of Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) in Florida, USA today.
Ambassador Jilani emphasized the community’s role in solidifying the bonds of friendship between Pakistan and the United States and the importance accorded by the Government of Pakistan to the welfare of overseas Pakistanis.
He urged Pakistani-American physicians to come forward and play their due role in the national development of the country. He particularly urged the Pakistani youth to take lead in the lifting socio-economic and political profile of the growing Pakistani diaspora in the United States and assured them of Embassy’s continued cooperation.
The Ambassador announced that the Embassy would be hosting the third Annual Convention of Pakistani American Community (CPAC-2016), which will be preceded by Regional Community Conventions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston. He also highlighted a host of community-related initiatives taken by the Embassy which had made it more accessible and forthcoming to the community.
The Ambassador also held a Town Hall meeting in which he briefed the participants of the APPNA Convention regarding actions taken by the Government to counter terrorism, extremism and to promote economic development. He said that economic reforms coupled with decisive steps taken by the government against terrorists have resulted in better security environment and improved economic climate. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the Ambassador said would bring about economic prosperity to the whole region.
While appreciating the dynamic role of Ambassador Jilani, President of APPNA, Dr. Nasar Qureshi profusely thanked the Embassy for its proactive role in engaging the community.
APPNA is one of the largest ethnic medical societies in North America representing more than 15,000 physicians and health care professionals of Pakistani descent serving across the United States and Canada.The speakers highlighted APPNA’s activities in mobilizing the community and its work in healthcare and social sectors in Pakistan and the U.S.
The Convention was attended by a large number of Pakistani-American physicians from all over the United States. The participants acknowledged a great deal of improvement in the consular services delivered by the Pakistan Embassy and Consulates General in the U.S.
During the Convention, the APPNA Council unanimously endorsed Ambassador Jilani as a lifetime member of APPNA for his “services to the Pakistani community and for promoting Pakistan-US relations.”
May 07, 2016