WASHINGTON: The Pakistani embassy in Washington awarded certificates to participants of a course on “Understanding Pakistan” on Wednesday, with its top diplomat hoping that greater familiarity with the country’s culture and society would help strengthen people-to-people bonds as well as Pakistan-United States relations.
Charge d Affaires Dr. Asad M Khan said the course would be a regular feature as American students including those of Pakistani origin and officials from various U.S. government departments have shown a keen interest in having better appreciation of his country’s rich
cultural heritage, traditions and its history.
He said the participants were able to learn about the tremendous promise of Pakistan’s economic growth, the country’s pivotal importance in the region and the many creative achievements of its people in fields of arts and literature. At the same time, they had an
opportunity to know about the scale and complexity of challenges facing Pakistan in a proper perspective through a series of presentation by embassy diplomats and experts.
“We wanted to give a sense to the participants how Pakistanis are a dynamic, progressive, peace-loving and forward-looking people —- I was pleased by the excitement and seriousness shown by young Americans, Pakistani-Americans, academia, and officials from various government departments and Capitol Hill”, the acting ambassador said.
Former foreign secretary Riaz Muhammad Khan and Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States Touqir Hussain also addressed the participants.
Senior U.S. State Department officials including Director Pakistan Affairs Tim Lenderking, and Pakistani-Americans also attended the concluding ceremony.
The participants of the course also enjoyed a lively Qawwali performance by Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad Qawwal and Group.