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WASHINGTON: The prime minister’s special assistant on foreign affairs, Tariq Fatemi, who is visiting the United States for familiarisation meetings with the Trump team, is hoping to meet some members of the incoming administration early next week.

Mr Fatemi, however, has held a series of meetings with senior officials of the outgoing Obama administration and US lawmakers. Such meetings are highlighted in press releases issued by the Pakistan embassy, which claims that these talks have helped create a better understanding of Pakistan’s position on various issues.

So far the only comment from the US side came from the State Department’s deputy spokesman Mark Toner who said that US officials did discuss “a range of bilateral and regional” issues with Mr Fatemi and these included “regional stability and counterterrorism cooperation”.

But he did not say if the meetings helped resolve the differences that have strained Pakistan’s relations with the United States.

Neither the Pakistan embassy nor the Trump team have said anything about Mr Fatemi’s meetings/probable meetings with the officials of the incoming administration.

Earlier this week, Mr Fatemi visited New York, from where US President-elect Donald Trump is conducting his business, but Pakistani diplomats said he was only there to meet senior UN officials and returned to Washington the same day.

A senior Pakistani diplomat, when asked why Mr Fatemi had not yet met members of the Trump team, said “protocol did not allow him to meet them in his official capacity” but he and the embassy were trying to arrange some informal meetings.

One such meeting, with Stephen Hadley, the former Bush administration’s national security adviser, may happen next week. Mr Hadely is a key member of the team that is advising Mr Trump on transition.

The embassy official said that Mr Fatemi has also been “very active on telephone,” speaking to the Trump team. “We are reaching out to the ‘influentials’ not ‘probables,” said the official while explaining why Mr Fatemi had not yet met Trump officials although he has been in the United States for almost a week now.

“We are trying to meet the people who have influence and are feeding into the transition process,” the embassy official said.

While the Pakistan embassy insists that it would not be appropriate for Mr Fatemi to hold formal meetings with officials who are not in the government yet, officials from other countries are doing exactly that. Senior officials and leaders from across the globe are visiting New York for meeting Trump officials.

Pakistan embassy officials, however, say they too are meeting members of the Trump team, but they are more interested in arranging ‘informal meetings’ for Mr Fatemi. “While we are arranging some meetings, some he is doing himself,” said one official.

The embassy’s informal, and formal, contacts with the Trump team did help them in arranging Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s telephone call with Mr Trump last week. But that call too became controversial when the prime minister’s office released readout of that call.

Mr Fatemi, however, told a news briefing in Washington on Monday that Mr Trump’s office had approved the readout and had also allowed them to release it to the media.

“That is the language that the president-elect used. And it was a very honest and truthful narrative, which we put out with the approval of his office,” he said. “And if that has created interests and excitement, we are in no way disappointed with it,” he added.

Asked if he was with the prime minister during that call, Mr. Fatemi said: “I am special assistant to the PM, so it’s my job to be present in the right place, at the right time.”

The surprisingly candid readout of the telephone call created a major controversy in Washington where even the White House joined the call for Mr Trump to be more careful while talking to foreign leaders. The US media also criticized Pakistan for releasing details of personal greetings.

Unfazed by the controversy, Mr Fatemi insisted that the new administration would provide Pakistan a “fresh opportunity to burnish its credentials” with Washington.

Published in Dawn, December 11th, 2016

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Hafeez, Canada Dec 11, 2016 07:39am

What a failure... for Nawaz Govt. no body wants to meet a corrupt PM team. People earn respect by honesty.

basit Dec 11, 2016 07:42am

The actual reason that no trump official is meeting with Fatemi is that our genius PM released the actual transcript of his informal talk with Trump. By doing so NS wanted to show Pakistani public that he has solid rapport with Americans and he is not riding on rocky boat of Panama, but he squandered his opportunity to build trust with Trump. Trump with his supersize ego will not forgive him for that.....

JSR Dec 11, 2016 07:45am

Let him come back and not waste people's money...if you are economically powerful, USA will come to you..you need to stop running for free aid

Muhammad Sajid Dec 11, 2016 07:49am

Special assistant carry no value for USA as well as European countries. I wish Pakistan had a competent Foreign Minister capable of representing Pakistan on the international forum and he would have received a protocol that Foreign Minister of a country receives by default. Can't Mr. Nawaz sharif find a single person among his elected parliamentarians to be appointed to the coveted position?:

Aditya Dec 11, 2016 07:52am

Keep it up, a day will come when you meet Trump.

naji Dec 11, 2016 08:13am

It looks Pakistan is totally unaware of current system of lobbying. India have 12 high profile lobbying companies in US. Pakistan had only one, not sure now. No one can see any "high official" in US without proper channel. It is just like some farmer from THURR try to see 1st secretary of PM house in Islamabad, that is Pakistani foreign office is trying in Washington DC.

Farzana khan Dec 11, 2016 08:16am

No one is going to meet him and if a member of Trump team does meet him,he will get a list of things required to be done by this incompetent government.

JKhan Dec 11, 2016 08:20am

Such mistreatment is what our current petty officials are accustomed to. When you force yourself uninvited this is what you should get. With an incompetent foreign minister deeply involved in corruption cases, this is what you get.

riz1 Dec 11, 2016 08:29am

Once bitten, twice shy. There will perhaps be no informal or unofficial meetings between the foreign ministries of the USA and that of Nawaz Sharif. Unfortunately, governments of influential powers do not go just by hyperbole and press statements to massage perceptions. And talking to an actual establishment policy maker makes much more sense than a toothless civilian dispensation that has good potential to hurt some sensitive and deep US relations.

Vinit Dec 11, 2016 08:33am

Good development

Logic Dec 11, 2016 08:43am

Time pass vacation

Abhi Dec 11, 2016 08:46am

Best of luck. Stay one more week.

HD Dec 11, 2016 08:49am

This one is quite humourous ...and surprisingly a true account of the visit !

aks Dec 11, 2016 08:56am

Our government will never earn respect abroad, because they have failed to earn respect of it's own people. They behave like those back benchers in a class who never complete their assignments...

It should be made a law to appoint a Foreign Minister and failure to do that should result in impeachment of PM.

lafanga Dec 11, 2016 08:58am

Enjoy fully in America with our money.

Ahmed bin Babar Dec 11, 2016 09:03am

It is homework at Islamabad alone which shall attract such contacts and relations...

Ayub Dec 11, 2016 09:08am

A challenging task for Pakistan to convince the new US administration about its sincerity in the war on terrorism.

Syed Dec 11, 2016 09:07am

Such a shame

Asad Dec 11, 2016 09:15am

Look this guy Fatimi used be a school teacher in Rawalpindi. Nawaz selection is totally based on loyalty. These people r not capable enough to run the country .... courpet leaders can't produce intellectuals to run the country

Re Dec 11, 2016 09:18am

Desperation and signs of failure.

hasart Dec 11, 2016 09:18am

such a disgrace for Pakistan as just to meet president Elect...Trump...?

hasart Dec 11, 2016 09:27am

such a shame to just meet a elect

Ahsan Gul Dec 11, 2016 09:43am

Inept and incompetent people from this government are serving to boost Pakistan's image in foreign countries. Like PM and his close circle are appointed to USA, U.K. Because of PanamaGate our current government has lost its credibility on international arena.

IAMTHetrump Dec 11, 2016 09:49am

Its common sense to get appointment first and then buy flight tickets.

Sajid Dec 11, 2016 09:52am

What a waste to save the poor Pak foreign policy!

jawaid Dec 11, 2016 09:57am

A foolish idea by the government to achieve nothing at some cost. Actually, there is nobody to ask the government to be accountable for the state-expenses. Leaders are busy in chasing their self-serving goals.

Mohd Dec 11, 2016 10:02am

Nonsense. The Trump team is ignoring him. It was a mistake to send someone at this stage. The new US Administration is still being formed. This fellow should be recalled immediately.

khanm Dec 11, 2016 10:09am

Why are we showing so much of desperation...Do we have any self respect..What about those big claims of being nuclear power... Nuclear does not make any one strong but your strong desire will... You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.. remember what we achieve inwardly will change outer reality..

AW Dec 11, 2016 10:22am

Unfortunately, Pakistan is not being represented by its best. Our decision makers have an obligation to get past nepotism and "personal loyalty" yard stick to pick a competent and well qualified team for management of the state affairs. Old school should be discarded because it belongs to yesterday.

NKAli Dec 11, 2016 10:21am

Donald Trump is a mastermind who outwitted all his opponents. Nawaz rushed Tariq Fatemi thinking that he will up the ante. Haaah! What a blunder on the lines of sending Mr. Sartaj Aziz to Amritsar. Salams

Rizwan Dec 11, 2016 11:05am

@Asad anything wrong with being a teacher in Rawalpindi. Wish you would have shared the full details but maybe the hatred of Nawaz blinds people from truth. Fatimi is a career diplomat and has a long career behind him in diplomacy and foreign service. Please be fair.

ali Dec 11, 2016 11:08am

we need full time,active forign minister just like was ZA BHUTTO.

Mahmood Dec 11, 2016 11:17am

I am almost certain that Trump will never meet Fatemi. In fact, Mr. Fatemi, who was dispatched to the US rather impulsively by NS, after just one conversation with Trump - and without even an invitation - is a sign of pathetic groveling and kissing up by the Pakistani side - eager to be seen in the good graces with the incoming Trump administration. An undignified move without protocols and procedures. Somehow, NS thought he has found a supporter of his corrupt regime in the West??

"And very active over the telephone" sounds very much Mr. Fatemi is busy dialing different numbers to speak to anyone in the Trump team, but gets no response, or is told, "don't call us, we'll call you". If that doesn't tell you how much Pakistan is valued by Trump, I don't know what will.

Just one more example in a series of stupid moves by NS government.

Skeptic Dec 11, 2016 11:23am

Send an envoy like Fatemi - with second grade education - is like Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto sending Khar to meet with Nixon in the 1970s. Neither Khar nor Fatemi are very articulate, with little experience in Foreign Relations or Diplomacy, and unfamiliar with protocol and decorum. And we all know what happened after Khar and Nixon encounter lasting 5 minutes.

Made to look like fools in the most advanced country on the planet, desperately searching for anyone to receive them, so they can claim success of their otherwise useless visit. Such a waste of tax-payer's money.

Terrific Dec 11, 2016 11:41am

Wow! Terrific

Really Shy Dec 11, 2016 11:42am

It just may be that the Trump's team may be nervous to meet Fatemi. Trump has himself admitted that Pakistanis are the most intelligent people in the whole world and that statement itself can give complex to most.

Shabdik Dec 11, 2016 11:43am

wating... Its not wating it's Only Wasting money....

syed wasim haider Dec 11, 2016 11:46am

@mirza baig What type of corruption he did?kindly give details.As far as I know he is better of the lot. He is a career diplomat, worked with Sahibzadah Yakub Khan; worked in USA and Russia.

KH Dec 11, 2016 11:56am

Good going... let him take another week and wait... why to be hurried...

zARAK Dec 11, 2016 12:04pm

This is kind of stupid diplomacy, in which states have no respect. Why would US respect you if you behave like this. Of course man behind Tariq Fatemi is Nawaz Sharif who don't know west's rules of conduct b/w states.

A Shah Dec 11, 2016 12:18pm

Has been very active on telephone? But not met anyone? You can do that from Pakistan.

majid malik Dec 11, 2016 12:19pm

Pakistan should develop itself, asap, on the lines of US and other developed nations. that's the only good hope for future generations.

El Cid Dec 11, 2016 12:21pm

For the wise a mere hint is enough. Time to pack up bags and return home, plan for a changed Scenario.

naji Dec 11, 2016 12:27pm

Hope is good, live with this hope for the next 4 years of Trumph.

Rabbani Dec 11, 2016 12:38pm

Costly Darna by public money.

Omer Dec 11, 2016 12:42pm

enjoying his vacations in the name of meeting Trump!

Mirza Dec 11, 2016 01:06pm

So stupid, Trump is not in office until January 20, 2017 and the Pakistani diplomats are trying to meet Trump. Is it time for him to build his team or meet diplomats who are trying to please him before he assumes office.

Who cares Dec 11, 2016 01:11pm

Trump will come running to Pakistan for talks. Wait till CPEC is completed. After CPEC, Pakistan will even have visitors from other galaxies as everyone knows or will eventually know that CPEC is the ultimate truth, rest all are false. CPEC is Nirvana..

Sam Dec 11, 2016 01:18pm

Embarrassing desperation. Please return home and spare some tax payer money

tomUHTO TAWMAYTO Dec 11, 2016 01:18pm

Wake up and smell the coffee Mr Nawaz Sharif...

Flying falcon Dec 11, 2016 01:19pm

Relax! Trump will come crawling to Gen. Bajwa. Why the hurry?

Pra aksha Dec 11, 2016 01:27pm

Gone with the wind! Come alone!

Junaid Dec 11, 2016 01:43pm

PM has encircled himself with mediocre "Yes men"! Hence no results!

bala Dec 11, 2016 01:47pm

You should have gone with some concrete plan... Americans are result-oriented, they only see what value can you bring to them. Pak is more inclined to China and after Pak telling that US is no more any super power, they have irked US . Just by standing early in the queue does not make any sense

Lafanga Dec 11, 2016 01:52pm

When you send a special assistant that no one has heard of before and who has a wow factor equivalent to a door knob then expect this kind of treatment. These novices in PMLN think international diplomacy works like what it is in Pakistan.

Abdul Dec 11, 2016 02:17pm

We should not act like beggars.

Abdul Dec 11, 2016 02:16pm

Waste of tax payers money. We have had enough.

Dan Dec 11, 2016 02:17pm

Wrong timing. They are busy.

Truth Dec 11, 2016 02:18pm

@Who cares Trump wud built two Trump tower on both sides of CPEC !!! Hail CPEC, We wud become Superpower like USA.

Peterson Dec 11, 2016 02:24pm

@Who cares I burst into laughter when I hear Pakistanis talk about CPEC. Pakistan may earn some money from China. But they start thinking they are going to be bigger than China and US. How many years will it take for the eyes of this people to open?

Syed Shahzad Bukhari Dec 11, 2016 02:37pm

Interesting to see how Trump will deal with Pakistan current government, challenging!!!!!

Abhi Dec 11, 2016 02:48pm

@Who cares, agree with u after cpec, aliens will also come to Pakistan.

M. Malik Dec 11, 2016 02:59pm

"And if that has created interests and excitement, we are in no way disappointed with it,” he added."

This is the sum total of the focus of NS and his officials. It is like a girl giving a brief, even accidental glance at a guy and the guy thinks she's 'interested' in him and is excited, thinks she's in love with him and he's ready to propose marriage!

Oh please, these diplomats could not be more juvenile!

citizen Dec 11, 2016 02:59pm

One week in US and only active in phone call to Trumph team. Shows what rspct we will get in future regime..

citizen Dec 11, 2016 03:16pm

Why we are rushing a special envoy in advance to meet Trumph team? what is the necessity? No other country in the planet did like this. probably Trumph team thought that meeting could be used for propaganda of our Mian sahib.. If we are important, Trumph himself has to visit us.... Ultimatly we became a laughing stock as usual..

Shakeel Dec 11, 2016 04:04pm

There are by no means shocking last, happening has became the source of embarrassment for the Pakistani delegation in USA otherwise, situation on the ground might be different.On the other hand, Mr. Tump's team is adopting preventive measures because it may birth another controversy in local and International media. as said "Once hurt twice shy".

SALIM Dec 11, 2016 04:05pm

Pakistan is begging for few minutes of useless talks even with the lowest level of officials. Where as Indians sitting pretty in India and US Govt. Senior most and most influential ministers like the Defence minister Mr. Carter is visiting them for talks and important agreements.

Anees Dec 11, 2016 04:07pm

This is yet another failure of Pakistan on international arena. Poilitical leaders around the world are not stupid. They can see the hypocritical approach of the leaders of Pakistan and weight it accordingly. It is utmost to straighten the political approach towards the country and people. Words and Actions should balance each other.

Sympathiser Dec 11, 2016 04:06pm

@basit Sir, don't blame NS for everything.. He has tried his best to bridge a rapport with Trump... But you cannot clap with one hand

shakil Dec 11, 2016 04:16pm

The usual relationship between the US and Pakistan has been that of an employer and an employee. The employer has the power of hire and fire, and the employee cannot dare to encroach upon the convenience of the court officials by asking them to receive him on priority basis. Pakistan lies somewhere near the bottom of the incoming administration's diplomatic priorities and Mr. Fatemi shouldn't hope for a door-crasher opportunity to see the new team officials especially so soon after having broken the sanctity of diplomatic norms by divulging the contents of Trump-Nawaz exchange of diplomatic niceties.

Gerry D'Cunha Dec 11, 2016 04:21pm

In the history of Pakistan the most talented and experienced foreign minister was ZA Bhutto who could not be replaced since then.

rich Dec 11, 2016 04:32pm

he shoud have come to delhi and arranged a meeting with trump in usa

all southeast asia has to go thru delhi to reach washington

Farooq Jawed Dec 11, 2016 04:51pm

Are we a banana republic? No Foreign minister.......just PM special assistants!! What a joke.

Raman Dec 11, 2016 05:24pm

If he and NS of Pakistan was so important, the meeting with PEOTUS should have happened yesterday. I wonder under the present climate how this sits well with PRC after recent ruffling of feather over Taiwan.

LAHORI KID Dec 11, 2016 05:50pm

As always, our government conducting their business internationally like they were in Pakistan, better get with the program. Wanting a informal meeting? Oh you mean where Fatemi can read out the request for more aid from Nawaz. Shameful

Putho mamon, karachi Dec 11, 2016 06:21pm

Don't leave yet, do some holiday shopping in the meanwhile, everything on sale now, you will be successful soon.

Guest Dec 11, 2016 06:43pm

@Muhammad Sajid "Special assistant carry no value for USA as well as European countries. I wish Pakistan had a competent Foreign Minister capable of representing Pakistan on the international forum and he would have received a protocol that Foreign Minister of a country receives by default. "

It is sad that Pakistanis maintain this myth about their problem is only due to "lack of proper representing", Lack of full time minister etc. etc. They close their eyes to the actual government actions and policies that are the reason for this situation. They are constantly looking out for a savior who can continue this double game successfully for ever.

Seriously Dec 11, 2016 06:43pm

Wow..it is good to know that he is playing a big role in finalizing Trump's cabinet picks. Congrats :) :)

Malick-uSA Dec 11, 2016 06:47pm

Please name 1 Obama official Fatemi met. Thanks

hitman Dec 11, 2016 06:49pm

just invest money in his real estate..he will b impressed!!

Guest Dec 11, 2016 06:48pm

@Ayub "A challenging task for Pakistan to convince the new US administration about its sincerity in the war on terrorism."

How can you convince some one about some thing that does not exist. USA (actually the whole world) is not brainless or insane.

kamran Dec 11, 2016 06:53pm

@Who cares

are the seas going dry that everyone wants to join cpec ?

bulk of business cont goes from east china while cpec connect xinjiang province

Naveed Dec 11, 2016 07:07pm

So, Mr. Fatemi is sent to Washington to sit around and dial some phone numbers? Could he not do so from Pakistan, then set appointments, and then travel to meet Trump - if he was even invited?

Seems to me someone didn't much thought into it, but Mr. Fatemi is left to chase shadows, while waiting for the phone to ring, wonder why don't they call?

ABCD Dec 11, 2016 07:17pm

Never give up hopes, be consistent in your efforts and be focused, one day you will sure to achieve success.

SKG Dec 11, 2016 07:27pm

How you expect that Trump will meet you, when he is busy his transition activities and selection of his own teammate. He won't waste his time talking to you. Moreover he will take office on Jan. 20th. You ware wasting your taxpayer money.

RAJIV Dec 11, 2016 08:02pm

@khanm Wow !!!! Khan Saheb i love the beautiful intellectual Words you have put across

Jabbar Dec 11, 2016 08:45pm

What about his agenda of getting NS invited to the swearing in ceremony . I thought that was the main purpose of his visit. We worry too much about these meetings and attempted meetings it's all part of diplomacy and giving it wall paper coverage is counterproductive and makes the diplomats job harder. Please know that all nations do that and Pakistan is investing in nothing out of the ordinary by sending someone for a week to the US.

M.Saeed Dec 11, 2016 08:50pm

@Hafeez, Canada: Honesty like Trump display in everything.

Shakil USA Dec 11, 2016 08:55pm

@Hafeez, Canada - Very well said and agreed.

Happy_dreams Dec 11, 2016 09:09pm

@Who cares CPEC is a Chinese whip , which is going to make future Pakistani generations dance to Chinese tune.

Mazhar Zubairi Dec 11, 2016 09:31pm

It is such a shame and humiliation specially for hard working honest and effective Pakistanis in US. Why this guy is in USA and nothing will happen as the corrupt politicians and slavish bureaucrats had destroyed every thing. They had become beggars with no self esteem and will be treated like this. They had nor respect and the good name Pakistan carries is the effort of individuals who had nothing to do with the government.

Nitin Dec 11, 2016 09:34pm

Fantastic People of Fantastic country!

Shafique USA Dec 11, 2016 09:39pm

Foreign policy is the weakest link of poor Nawaz govt.

Guest101 Dec 11, 2016 10:29pm

It is good for him to stay in touch with transition team.... Whatever it takes.

Monsieur S Dec 11, 2016 10:46pm

@Who cares yeah, like Russia did ... CPEC is complete and operational .... where is the rush???

flipflop Dec 11, 2016 11:03pm

Please stop wasting tax payers money and come back to Pakistan. Your trip to US is a failure and useless because nothing can be achieved as long as we are friends with US. US doesn't care about Kashmir, and neither does UK or any other country for that matter. Instead of lobbying to get Kashmir first improve what you already have that is the current land you have that you call "Pakistan". Greed, injustice, corruption and inequality caused us to lose a lot and anymore losses will be a big blow to Pakistan. The only outcome from this trip might be probably some sort of aid or loan which will go in politicians pockets anyway and its cost will paid by the tax payers.. So instead of wasting our time and money why not do something productive for once. Something that benefits Pakistan as a whole.

VIJ Dec 11, 2016 11:08pm

@Who cares jus come to reality, it's a small nation with very small importance, shouldn't jump around CPEC, pak it jus a toll keeper , who can't even charge for the toll

Omar Dec 11, 2016 11:26pm

@Farooq Jawed if our own PM cannot find a single person deserving to be country's foreign minister then why should we expect the high and mighty USA meet a lowly foreign secretary on a vacation trip. Yes, it is vacation trip , cause no minister level person goes to another country for two weeks.

Port kasim Dec 12, 2016 12:07am

Fatemi Sab in Washington helping Mr Trump to choose his cabinet members

Abdul Sheikh Dec 12, 2016 12:22am

Trump is anti lobbying.

vivek Dec 12, 2016 12:47am

@jawaid It's not the government but the Rawalpindi team is in distress about Trump & co and want to know the policy of new Govt.

Ibby Dec 12, 2016 01:19am

@ABCD Please add sincerity and honesty to the efforts and you shall be rewarded.

LAHORI KID Dec 12, 2016 01:40am

Everything aside, our leaders representing our country should represent themselves and their agenda with utmost professionalism, confidence and commitment, meet with foreign leaders with their head held high with pride, and never ever get into the yes sir no sir situation, and please, please, please, stick to facts. And you better be demanding the reimbursement for war on terror, not aide.

Sikindar Dec 12, 2016 02:34am

@Logic - we must call to reimburse all expenses on Fatemi and team members tour.

Black Diesel Dec 12, 2016 06:28am

@naji 100 % agree with you. Excellent example. When our government doesn't respect its own citizen then how come it can get any of it from others.

ABE Dec 12, 2016 05:51pm

I don't see why Pakistan's Ambassador to the US could not first meet with Trump team, if there were channels available?

And let's not forget our very capable and highly experienced diplomat right there at the UN Headquarters, Dr. Maleeah Lodhi, who probably has far more experience in the art of diplomacy, international relations and geo-politics, involving the US and Pakistan than anyone in this government.. She served as our Ambassador to the US twice, and also as Pakistan's Ambassador to the UK. She could've been given the mandate to open communications with Trump tower, just few blocks away from her office in Manhattan. No, they had to send a 'special assistant' from Pakistan to sit around dialing numbers in Washington, who probably could not even find NY on the map until then! That's how careless and thoughtless this government is.

Mr. Fatemi will no doubt return with nothing to show for millions spent on his trip!

ukasha Dec 12, 2016 06:22pm

@basit true

B.Patel. U.S.A Dec 12, 2016 11:10pm

Most readers here hate USA. The government is telling USA to take their business somewhere else. Trump has openly made comments about some Muslim countries. And you are looking for opportunity to get an audience with Trump. Any self respect here?

Ahsan Gul Dec 13, 2016 12:39am

Another incompetent PML-N selectee wasting public money in USA.

J Abid Dec 13, 2016 04:23am

Fatmi should be rejected audience with Trump until the Corruption charges against the Prime Minister of the country are decided.

Jigar USA Dec 13, 2016 05:19am

I think he should stay till 20th January 2017. He could be the first foreign minister to meet Trump.

riz1 Dec 13, 2016 06:42am

@Hafeez, Canada "no body wants to meet a corrupt PM team" You are mistaken Bhaijaan, no one outside Pakistan cares about corruption, only about getting things done - results. As such is there any surprise that no one wants to waste time meeting representatives of an ineffective, weak, powerless, non-representative government? Is it the civilian government's fault that it is perceived as such by the International community?

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Dec 13, 2016 07:14am

Great expectations seldom come true.

Murga Mian Dec 13, 2016 07:17am

@Ahmed bin Babar : No one has heard of Mr. Fatemi outside of Islamabad but NS expects over-ambitious, undiplomatic, "government"-by- twitter to stop the victory party to meet-and-greet a Pakistani deputy advisor?

aga khan Dec 13, 2016 08:11am

Truly feel bad and sad for Mr. Fatemi being put in such a pathetic and pity situation to 'beg' the audience of US to plead our case.

sanjoo Dec 13, 2016 09:47am

Poor Fatemi! Has been entrusted with an impossible task.

citizen Dec 13, 2016 10:17am

It is a national shame to beg for the invitation of swearing in ceremony..If we are important to them, Trumph has to invite us gracefully..that is the honor..

THOUGHT PROVOKING Dec 13, 2016 12:51pm

The smart Art of Diplomacy and professional Experienced is required to have an understanding with USA Foreign High Officials for a good relationship From our side who could represent Pakistan in international Forum very well diplomatically and politically .Pakistan needs a highly professional Experience diplomat who could get involved USA High Influential s attention towards our strategic issues for regional stability and peace in this region. Pakistan has been a strong Strategic partner of USA in this region since long time . The Pakistan needs strong domain of of Foreign Policies and Diplomacy for representing Pakistan in international community successfully with understanding the world changing Geo politics and strategic dimensions in current political scenario .

Vikas Dec 13, 2016 01:13pm

@ THOUGHT PROVOKING And what are these highly professional and experienced diplomats do when they are not able to meet the person or his team only? You can win a race only if you participate in it, however good you might be is irrelevant.

Musakku Assakku Haqul Dec 13, 2016 01:26pm

We should beg US to attend the ceremony. It is equally good to beg US for coalition fund. Fund is more important than friendship. Fund Fund Fund ....

Khwarezmi Dec 13, 2016 02:21pm

Mr. Fatemi should use this occation to visit his family and children who are all settled in the West. After all, what are his stakes in Pakistan?

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Dec 13, 2016 06:42pm

This is ?????? None learns lessons in my beloved Pakistan. Fatemi boss Sartaj has been totally graced in India just a few days back and now Fatemi is trying to be hero like Sartaj but in fact he has proved ZERO not hero. Why PM Nawaz sent him there and for what, may I dare question? US has always preferred India over Pakistan but yet we fool ourselves before others. Did we forget that 3 leading Indian business magnets met Trump may days back? India must be laughing reading that Fatemi is in US to meet Trump transition team but no luck so one can rightly construe where do we stand. Modi who awfully disgraced Sartaj must be clapping with his team on Fatemi now. Why Fatemi does not come back after reading me? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi

Ali Dec 13, 2016 08:53pm

PM Nawaz Sharif's foreign policy has failed. Sending Tariq Fatemi as special assistant on foreign affairs to Washington was meaningless. If Nawaz Sharif had appointed a full-time Foreign Minister in the last 3 years, surely he would have received due protocol and importance.

President-elect Donald Trump and his team will not waste time meeting some assistant as they have far more important matters to deal with. The people of Pakistan "demand" not just financial accountability of the government but also bad governance and failed policies.

aziz Dec 14, 2016 02:45am

@hasart He is trying to meet the president-elect's team, not the president-elect himself. Real Pity

aziz Dec 14, 2016 02:54am

@citizen Can we make international calls from Pakistan

Bilaal Dec 14, 2016 06:30am

@Mahmood 'Trump will never meet Fatemi' makes perfect sense, because Trump admitted that Pakistanis are the smartest people in the world. So, he is afraid that he will be surely out smarted by Fatemi. Good job Fatemi Saab!

Bilaal Dec 14, 2016 07:14am

@rich Who needs to go thru Delhi, when Pakistan has China in its pocket?

RB Dec 14, 2016 02:15pm

ONCE CPEC is built everyone will call pakistan and will be eager to meet them. People will apply for pakistani resident visa in millions, pakistan will shine in the universe as a model country to be followed. All large businesses in the world will also line up to setup their shops. Arabs will look for work in pakistan. All pakistanis around the world will return to prosperous pakistan. there would be rivers of honey and milk.. just wait and watch...