US journalists due in Pakistan calls on Chaudhry

By Staff Reporter
Sunday – March 11, 2018
ISLAMABAD: An 8 member delegation of United States (US) journalists called on Pakistan’s ambassador in US Aizaz Chaudhry before leaving for Pakistan on a week-long trip on Saturday, Chaudhry said that to correct misplaced perception about Pakistan, there is a need to have a renewed look at Pakistan in changed circumstances.

According to an official statement, while talking to the delegation of US journalists, he added that Pakistan has achieved unprecedented success in combating terrorism and that the security situation has improved tremendously.

These successes on security front have led to economic progress, he added and said that after successful military operations that have helped in clearing all troubled areas, we have already started socio-economic development work in those areas.

The results of counter terrorism operations have salutary impact on our economy as all major economic indicators are showing upward trends. Investment is also flowing in Pakistan from many countries in the world including the US, particularly for a large number of projects under China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC).

Chaudhry reiterated that Pakistan has unwavering commitment to eliminate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Pakistan will not let its soil be used to launch or even plan attack against any other country in the region.

Responding to a question about the current state of Pakistan-US bilateral relations, Chaudhry said that both Pakistan and US have always benefitted when they worked together and that we are hopeful to continue working together in future as well.

Referring to a situation in Afghanistan, Chaudhry remarked that peace in Afghanistan is imperative not only for Pakistan and Afghanistan but also for the peace in south Asia. 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 continue to play its role along with other partners in finding out a political solution of the Afghan issue. However, Pakistan generally believes that the peace process shall be Afghan owned and Afghan led, involving all stakeholders.

Chaudhry appreciated the efforts of International centre for journalists (ICFJ) in organising 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.

The visit has been organised by ICFJ.