Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has called for a global response to overcome challenges such as terrorism, poverty and climate change.
While addressing the World Affairs Council, Connecticut at Mark Twain House in Hartford to outline the regional and global challenges confronting the world today, the envoy narrated Pakistan’s hard-fought successes against militancy and extremism.
“A national consensus had enabled Pakistan security forces to enter the militant hideouts and secure a victory against them. These successes had come at a tremendous economic and human cost,” he said.
The ambassador highlighted Pakistan’s impressive economic revival which was driven by improved security and stability.
“New energy projects were expected to come online next year and help enhance productivity and overcome energy shortfall”, he added.
Aizaz Chaudhry said a predominantly youthful population in the years ahead, could benefit Pakistan if opportunities from the economic growth platform of today were capitalized.
Aizaz hoped that despite the current challenges, ties between Pakistan and the US will be strengthened in future. He said the two Countries had been partners for seven decades with a broad based relationship encompassing a wide range of areas of cooperation.
The one million strong Pakistani American diaspora serves as a bridge between the two countries, he added.
The ambassador said Pakistan remained committed to working together with the United States to bring ties back on track.
Pakistani ambassador said recent exchange of visits by senior officials and at the Foreign Minister and Secretary of State level were useful efforts to rebuild trust in this important bilateral relationship.
The event was attended by more than 200 people from Hartford and its adjoining areas.
While visiting Hartford, the ambassador also met members of the Pakistani American community of the area.