WASHINGTON DC: Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry has said that Pakistan intends to strengthen its bilateral relations with the United States, based on mutual respect and dignity. He was addressing a distinguished gathering of Pakistani Journalists at a dinner hosted by Pakistani American Press Association (PAPA). The dinner was also attended by a delegation of prominent Pakistani journalists including President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Mr. Afzal Butt and President National Press Club (NPC) Mr. Shakeel Anjum who is currently visiting the United States of America. Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
While speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry gave a detailed overview of the current state of relations between Pakistan and the US. Ambassador emphasized that positive trajectory in Pak-US relations has always been beneficial for both the countries. Pakistan is a peace-loving nation. “We are following a positive agenda and looking forward to having a long-term, sustainable and broad-based relations with the US, Ambassador Chaudhry said.
Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry said that peace in Afghanistan is in the interest of both Pakistan and the US. Pakistan’s hard-won economic and security gains would be at risk as long as Afghanistan remains unstable.
While commenting on the role and responsibilities of the journalists in the modern era, Ambassador Chaudhry appreciated the vibrant role being played by the print and electronic media to safeguard the public interest in Pakistan. Ambassador urged the journalists to follow the principles of objectivity, fairness, accuracy, and impartiality in their reporting. Journalism is a ‘sacred responsibility’, he added.
During his remarks, the Ambassador admired the role of Pakistani American community in enhancing the image of Pakistan through their remarkable contributions in various fields of life in the US. Ambassador Chaudhry also appreciated the role of Pakistani American journalists who, being an important segment of the Pakistani American community are playing a significant role of keeping the community informed and helping them in opinion formation on various issues.
President PFUJ, President NPC and other members of the media delegation also expressed their views on various topics. The speakers apprised the audience about the problems/challenges being faced by the working journalists in Pakistan. They also highlighted the need for objective and balanced reporting by the mainstream Pakistani journalists while discouraging unhealthy trend of sensationalism in which ‘ truth and facts’ are always the first casualty.
The event was well-attended by the DC-based Pakistani American journalists. Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry thanked the organizers of PAPA for arranging such an informative session that provided an opportunity for the participants and the event was concluded on a positive note.
Washington DC, 28 November 2017