Washington: As part of the Embassy’s regular outreach program, a group of university students from across the United States, currently undergoing a short program at the OsGood Center for International Studies were hosted by Ambassador Asad M. Khan at the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC.
The OsGood Center is a non-profit educational organization that offers different foreign policy programs to graduate, college, and high school students from around the United States, with a focus on increasing global dialogue.
Ambassador Khan in his remarks briefed the students on a wide range of issues including Pak-U.S. relationship, the unfolding situation in the region with a focus on the present situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJK).
While giving a broad overview about Pakistan, the Ambassador said that Pakistan’s economic potential as a strategically located country with the 5th largest population in the world makes it an important player in the region. Pakistan is blessed to be a place where some of the great religions of the world flourished. The historic opening of Kartarpur Corridor reflects our commitment to promote interfaith harmony in the region, the Ambassador added.
Speaking on the present humanitarian crisis in IOJK, the Ambassador underscored that the Kashmiris have been living under complete lockdown for now around 155 days, without any access to basic amenities. “As we commemorated the Right to Self-Determination Day for the people of IOJK on January 5th, it is unfortunate to see that the innocent Kashmiris have been denied their this basic right, which was promised to them 71 years ago by the United Nations,” Ambassador Khan underlined.
On Pakistan-U.S. bilateral relationship, Ambassador underlined that Pakistan deeply values its seven decades old relationship with the U.S. and would continue to work with the U.S. for an enduring bilateral partnership as well as for regional stability.
The event was also attended by Mr. Shelton Williams, President and Co-founder of OsGood as well as the faculty members from the Organization.