Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said that as a result of remarkable transformation which is underway, the country is fast-becoming a modern and dynamic state with an enormous potential for social and economic development. He was addressing to a large gathering of spirited Pakistani-Americans who attended 31st Annual Pakistani Festival, held at Bull Run Park, Virginia on 27 August 2017.
While speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry extended heartfelt greetings to all those who had come to celebrate the 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan; “We all are proud of our accomplishments as a nation over a period of last 70 years” the Ambassador added. The Ambassador recalled how Pakistan effectively overcame the economic and security challenges when it started its life in 1947 and has come a long way. Today Pakistan stands tall in the comity of nations as a strong, proud and sovereign country, he added.
Ambassador Chaudhry underscored that Pakistan has turned the corner in the fight against terrorism and markedly improved security situation in the country has resulted in fast-paced economic growth. This situation has led to boosting the confidence of investors from all over the world as today’s Pakistan offers the most investor friendly climate. Ambassador further added that with China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and all the other connectivity projects in Pakistan nearing completion, we are confident to achieving the Quaid-e-Azam’s vision for making Pakistan a ”pivot of the world”. The Ambassador urged Pakistani American community, particularly the second generation young Pakistanis to play their role in the mainstream American polity with more vigour and strength.
Commenting on Annual Pakistan festival, Ambassador Chaudhry said that the Pakistan Festival USA has become an annual fixture in the past 30 years and is rightfully acknowledged as a leading South Asian Festival in the United States. The festival symbolizes the love of Pakistani community for their country of heritage, Pakistan.
Towards the end, the Ambassador commended the efforts of the members of the Pakistan Festival Committee to bring the richness and diversity of Pakistan’s culture to American audiences.
August 27 , 2017