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US renews pledge to help build ‘vibrant’ Pakistan

Updated Aug 15, 2016 07:44am


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WASHINGTON: In an Independence Day message on Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry renewed America’s commitment to working with the people to build a vibrant Pakistan.

At a separate event on Capitol Hill, Kashmiri leaders highlighted the current uprising in the Kashmir valley and warned that India was gradually changing its demography, trying to turn the Muslim majority into a minority.

“On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I send our best wishes to the people of Pakistan as you celebrate your Independence Day on Aug 14,” Mr Kerry said.

In a statement released by his office, the top US diplomat noted that since independence, the Pakistani nation had endeavoured to build upon the democratic ideals of the country’s founders.

The people of the country, he said, were working hard to strengthen security, economic stability and the democratic principles that benefited all Pakistanis.

“On this occasion, the United States joins you in celebrating the anniversary of Pakistan’s birth and we renew our commitment to working with you as you build a vibrant Pakistan,” Secretary Kerry said.

During the week, the Pakistan American Congress held a special event on Capitol Hill to inform US lawmakers about the latest situation in India-held Kashmir. Speakers talked about how Indian security forces had killed more than 50 Kashmiri protesters since last month and injured thousands of others.

In one of the sessions, Kashmiri leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yasin Malik and Syed Ali Geelani addressed the audience by Skype and told them how India was trying to change the valley’s demography.

Published in Dawn, August 15th, 2016


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stranger Aug 15, 2016 07:53am

Good. USA needs to not lean unfairly to India so that it does not end up harming Pakistan on Indian desires. Also, strengthening of democratic institutions and assistance in education, business, culture, etc. must be high on the priorities of USA towards Pakistan. Both countries need to stop military and security focus of the bilateral relations. Let the most influential country in the world have deeper engagement with the 6th most populous country.

Desi Dimag Aug 15, 2016 08:11am

Feel good news.

Akil Akhtar Aug 15, 2016 08:13am

Apart from feel good statements practically US has done everything to damage Pakistan and its interests

Copel Aug 15, 2016 08:16am

Thank you US,and thanks to Secretary of State Mr John Kerry. People of Pakistan greatly appreciate and value our continued association with USA, and look forward for more strong closer relations in future.

Ahmed- Pk Aug 15, 2016 08:26am

Dear fellows - Simple message. Heads down and keep working. World will be needing you as much as you are need of the world. We would see all kind of propaganda but that even US has to face as well.

Khan Aug 15, 2016 08:35am

We need actions not statements. Thank you.

Alba Aug 15, 2016 08:38am

Don't bother listening to Kerry.

Bystander Aug 15, 2016 08:51am

@Akil Akhtar Agree.

IRS Aug 15, 2016 08:52am

Oh yeah Mr US, thank you for your assertion to help build vibrant Pakistan, please give equal rights to your native Americans. We are happy with our Old friends, the real friends. We can change friends but not neighborhood.

Zak Aug 15, 2016 08:58am

@Desi Dimag because it is good news.

Zak Aug 15, 2016 08:59am

Yes Mr Kerry, now what about the massacres of kashmiris in IOK, the Sinister spy agency from neighbouring country killings of innocents in APS and Quetta blast. Any views on that?

Syed Aug 15, 2016 09:21am

Thanks but no thanks. We will build Pakistan ourselves. Borrowed clothes do not fit.

Anirban Aug 15, 2016 09:28am

Standard statements given to every country on any special day. I think politicians and leaders should now understand people can see through this. And they become more genuine going forward.

Sierrabrave Aug 15, 2016 10:25am

"In one of the sessions, Kashmiri leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yasin Malik and Syed Ali Geelani addressed the audience by Skype and told them how India was trying to change the valley’s demography."

Spreading disinformation, nothing could be farther from the truth...

El Cid Aug 15, 2016 10:31am

Ha, ha, ha! Promises, promises...but the deeds belie.

Ahmed bin Babar Aug 15, 2016 10:53am

Mr Senator! The innocent Kashmiris, under indian oppression, need your immediate attention. The US should not sacrifice the human rights and the UN resolutions for the sake of trade with India... Aug 15, 2016 10:56am

Can we get 100 F 16 Now

Parvez Aug 15, 2016 11:56am

International diplomacy and double games.....same same.

Mohammad Aug 15, 2016 11:59am

@Akil Akhtar : Agree with you

Mohammad Aug 15, 2016 12:01pm

@Anirban : Great, Well said. People have become smarter and wiser.

Aisha Aug 15, 2016 12:38pm

They promise yet do the opposite. Do not beleive them!

Zafar Aug 15, 2016 12:58pm

Thanks but no thanks. Thy have been building Afghanistan since 2001 ......

Abdulla Hussain Aug 15, 2016 03:54pm

Thank you sir for your good gesture but to digest this is quite difficult because of numerous slips by the US government during the last several years.

Mustafa R. Aug 15, 2016 07:52pm

Slight problem in semantics, there is a difference between vibrant and turbulent.