Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry hosted a reception at the Embassy of Pakistan on 23 March 2017 on the auspicious occasion of Pakistan Day. The event had the added significance as this year marks the 70th anniversary of Pakistan. Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Indiana Congressman Andre D. Carson also graced the occasion.
This was the first public event of Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry. In his brief remarks, the Ambassador underscored the changing reality of a resurgent Pakistan. He informed that Pakistan is on its path of economic transformation after overcoming its multiple challenges including terrorism. He expressed his commitment to maintain close cooperation with the host government to further deepen and broaden the historical ties.
In a speech, Ambassador Shanon felicitated the Ambassador on his assignment and assured him of his support. While highlighting the long history of bilateral cooperation, he appreciated Ambassador Chaudhry's resolve for creating a better environment and understanding to strengthen Pakistan-US relationship. He appreciated the resilience of Pakistani people who have surpassed all obstacles to progress and prosperity.
Congressman Carson commended Pakistani-Americans for their contribution to American prosperity and making 'the US and the world a better place'. He reminded Americans that Pakistan -- the country 'founded by Muhammad Ali Jinnah' -- was a vibrant country of progressive people. He expressed resolve to continue his work with Pakistani Diaspora for mutual interest.
On the occasion, the Ambassador introduced to the audience a group of Pakistani-American athletes led by Agha Hasnain Qizilbash who had the unique honor of running in all 50 states of the US and on all continents including Antarctica. Ambassdor Chaudhry described them as 'the true Ambassadors of Pakistan' who left an imprint of Pakistan-US friendship on all American states.
The event was attended by more than 500 people from the cross-section of American society including Pakistani-Americans. The guests appreciated the traditional Pakistani cuisines and the documentaries about Pakistan.