U.S. Commercial Service leads Pakistani business delegation to Natural Products Expo West – NPEW 2018

The United States Commercial Service (USCS) will lead a delegation of Pakistani companies to the NPEW, to be held in Anaheim, CA, USA, March 8-11, 2018. From raw ingredients to finished products, Natural Products Expo West/Engredea (NPEW) is the premier trade show for the natural, organic and healthy lifestyle market. Attracting over 80,000 industry professionals, ...
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USAID Partners with Sindh Government on Anti-Typhoid Campaign

Karachi – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is partnering with the Government of Sindh on a children’s anti-typhoid campaign by donating 250,000 syringes. After the Sindh Department of Health noticed a recent rise in the number of drug-resistant typhoid cases, it reached out to USAID for assistance. The syringes will help immunize ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

Thursday, December 7, 2017   The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi reminds U.S. citizens of the need ...
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Consul General Donates Equipment to Hyderabad Women Protection Cell and Congratulates English Works Graduates

Karachi: Consul General Grace Shelton handed over equipment and vehicles worth approximately Rs 7 million to Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Hyderabad, Khadim Hussain Rind, at the Hyderabad Women Protection Center earlier today. This support is part of the State Department’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) funding to strengthen the Sindh Police’s ...
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Public Affairs Officer Congratulates “English Works” Graduates in Karachi

Karachi: Public Affairs Officer John Warner congratulated the 75 participating students of the six months long “English Works” program on the successful completion of their course earlier today at the Royal Rodale club in Karachi. The program, funded through Mission Pakistan’s Regional English Language Programs Office, focuses on enhancing business communication skills – including professional-level ...
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New building for U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water inaugurated

Karachi: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Jerry Bisson & Deputy Mission Director Denise Herbol earlier today inaugurated a new building and research center at Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET), Jamshoro.  The facility was constructed with the support of the U.S. government under the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in ...
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Consul General Launches English Access Microscholarship Program in Karachi

Karachi: Consul General Grace Shelton today formally launched the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) for children from underserved areas of Karachi.  This two-year after-school English-language and leadership program will train talented 13-20 year old students from disadvantaged communities. At the ceremony, Consul General Shelton encouraged the students participating in this program to take advantage of this ...
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Consulate holds Capacity Building Workshop for Recently-Elected Local Government Officials

Karachi: Earlier today the U.S. Consulate organized a Local Government Capacity Building Workshop for recently-elected local government officials from Sindh province, with a focus on the districts of Larkana, Sukkur, Thatta, Maleer and Badin. M.J. Khan, a former three-time Houston City Council Member, conducted the virtual workshop from the United States and enlightened the participants ...
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MCR & Yum! Brands Sign Agreement to Expand Pizza Hut in Pakistan

Karachi:  Earlier this evening, Consul General Grace Shelton presided over the signing of a new master franchise agreement between Kentucky-based Yum! Brands and local partner MCR. Aqueel Hasan, President, MCR and Randall Blackford, General Manager, Yum! Brands Middle East signed the agreement on behalf of their respective companies. The agreement commits to an expansion over ...
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Religious Leaders and Consul General Tour Worship Sites to Promote Interfaith Tolerance

Karachi:  In an effort to promote interfaith cooperation and religious tolerance, various religious leaders today toured places of worship in Karachi and reiterated their resolve to encourage religious tolerance and discourage extremism in the country. On their invitation, Consul General Grace Shelton also joined the group. “Today we visited a mosque, a Catholic church, a ...
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United States Continues to Invest for Better Health Systems in Pakistan

Islamabad, May 17, 2017 — United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director John Groarke, Secretary of the Ministry of National Health Services Muhammad Ayub Shaikh, Executive Director Health Services Academy Dr. Assad Hafeez, and Secretary Health Department Government of Sindh Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho signed the three new project commitment letters for the U.S. ...
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Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) schools’ groundbreaking in Karachi

Karachi – Along with Sindh Education Minister Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar and Secretary of Education Abdul Aziz Uqaili, U.S. Consul General Grace Shelton and USAID Deputy Mission Director Denise Herbol today broke ground for school construction in Karachi. Local government representatives, community leaders, teachers and students were also present on the occasion. These schools are ...
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Ambassador Hale Inaugurates 314 million rupee Information Technology Center in Karachi

Karachi:  Today, American Ambassador David Hale inaugurated a 314 million rupee state-of-the-art Information Technology Service Centre in Karachi that will support 3,000 employees providing back office and call center services to clients in Pakistan, the United States, and around the world.  An initiative of The Resource Group (TRG), an American-Pakistani venture, the call center will ...
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Ambassador Hale Inaugurates 24 million rupee Reconstructed Counter Terrorism Department Building in Karachi

Karachi:  Joined by the Inspector General of Sindh Police, A. D. Khawaja, and the Additional Inspector General of the Counter Terrorism Department, Dr. Sanaullah Abbasi, American Ambassador David Hale underscored the U.S. commitment to the fight against terrorism at the inauguration of the Counter Terrorism Department building (CTD). On November 11, 2010, a car bomb ...
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U.S. Consulate General Karachi Holds American Poetry Mushaira with Young Students

Karachi — U.S. Cultural Attaché A. J. Jagelski underlined the importance of art and poetry as important outlets for people to express themselves peacefully while speaking at the ‘American Poetry Mushaira’ earlier today.  In honor of National Poetry Month, ‘The Dawn of Freedom’ poetry contest included the participation of approximately 60 young students from local ...
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Acting Consul General Warner Highlights U.S. Help to Pakistani Students in Moving from Education to Employment

Acting U.S. Consul General John Warner highlighted the U.S. assistance extended to Pakistani students in their transition from education to employment while speaking at the concluding ceremony of ‘Pakistan Workforce Development Project, organized by the Isra University, Hyderabad, here today. “The outcomes of this project will help Pakistani universities raise their profiles in the local ...
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U.S. CONSULATE ORGANIZES SPORTS DIPLOMACY INITIATIVE: PARALYMPICS

Karachi — United States Consul General Grace Shelton welcomed approximately 100 differently-abled athletes and their parents and mentors from Para Sports Pakistan for a Paralympics Sports Diplomacy event on February 28.  At the official residence of the Consul General, the athletes participated in hearing impaired football, wheelchairs races, blind cricket, wheelchair basketball, and softball alongside ...
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U.S. Consul General Welcomes Newest Participants to Sukkur’s “EnglishWorks” Program

Sukkur: U.S. Consul General Grace Shelton welcomed 50 new students to the six months’ long “English Works” Program at the Lincoln Corner in Khairpur. The program, funded through Mission Pakistan’s Regional English Language Programs Office, focuses on enhancing business communication skills – including professional-level English – to improve students’ employment and educational prospects, and in ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission & Consul General Visit Mohenjo Daro

Karachi:  Earlier today U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Jonathan Pratt visited Mohenjo Daro, a World Heritage site of outstanding value to humanity.  He was accompanied by Karachi Consul General Grace Shelton and site curator Mr. Zaheeruddin Shar. “For me, the most interesting part of our visit was seeing Mohenjo Daro’s 5000 year-old college.  The ...
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Small Grants Support Innovative Community-led Initiatives in Pakistan

Karachi – An event in Karachi today showcased the impact and achievements of the Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program (SGAFP). Beneficiaries, government officials and community leaders participated. Since 2010, The SGAFP, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has supported more than 50 grants in Sindh province worth US ...
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USAID and UNDP Partner Up to Provide Employment Training to Karachi’s Vulnerable Youth

Karachi — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held an awards ceremony today for 200 young women and men trained under the joint Youth Employment Project. The project provides training and job opportunities in the garment industry to young women and men from conflict-ridden and marginalized areas ...
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Ambassador Hale Dedicates General Electric Locomotives at Karachi Cantonment Railway Station

Karachi:  On Friday, February 17, American Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale dedicated the General Electric locomotives at the Karachi Cantonment railway station. The Ambassador, alongside Grace Shelton, U.S. Consul General for Karachi; Sarim Sheikh, CEO, GE Pakistan & Central Asia; Parveen Agha, Chairperson, Pakistan Railways; and Nisar Ahmed Memon, Divisional Superintendent, Pakistan Railways, highlighted how ...
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Ambassador Hale Opens “English Works” Program for At-Risk Youth

Karachi:  On Thursday, February 16, American Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale presided over the opening ceremony of a six-month English training program for fifty youth aged 17 – 25.  The program, funded through Mission Pakistan’s Regional English Language Programs Office, focuses on enhancing business communication skills – including professional-level English – to improve students’ employment ...
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U.S. Naval Forces Participate in Exercise AMAN 17

Karachi — U.S. Naval and Coast Guard forces joined military counterparts from Pakistan and more than 35 other countries in the AMAN 17 exercises in Karachi, from February 10 to 14.  AMAN 17 is a Pakistani-led, multilateral exercise held biennially in Karachi and in the North Arabian Sea. The USS Comstock, an amphibious dock landing ...
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U.S. CONSULATE HOSTS COUNTRY MUSIC CONCERT

Karachi – Consul General Grace Shelton, along with Greenwich University officials, welcomed approximately 200 students and faculty members to a special concert at Greenwich University by American country-music band Dallas Brown Band. “Country music is popular not only in the United States but also around the world,” said CG Shelton. “I am so happy that ...
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U.S. CONSUL GENERAL VISITS PORT QASIM

Port Qasim – Upon the gracious invitation of Port Qasim Authority Chairman Agha Jan Akhthar, U.S. Consul General Grace Shelton visited Port Qasim on Friday and saw the impressive port operation first hand. During this trip she also met with country representative for American company Excelerate, Mohammed Rajpar, and the Engro elengyTerminal Manager, Amir Mahmud, ...
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American Artists Complete New Mural at PACC

Karachi:  Approximately 150 artists, students, and arts community members gathered at Pakistan American Cultural Center (PACC) today for the dedication of a mural designed and painted by American artists. During their two-week stay in Karachi, the 15-year old American group Words Beats and Life (WBL) led a series of hands-on graffiti and mural art workshops ...
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USAID supports Women’s Participation in Formulation of Pakistan’s Trade Policy

Karachi – United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) project Pakistan Regional Economic Integration Activity (PREIA) hosted a roundtable discussion on women’s participation and gender inclusion in Pakistan’s trade policy. Women from public and corporate sectors, academia and think tanks participated in the discussion and covered various topics related to gender inclusion in Pakistan’s trade ...
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US Consul General Inaugurates Lahooti Melo in Hyderabad

Hyderabad – U.S. Consul General Grace Shelton and Sindh Culture Minister Syed Sardar Shah inaugurated the second annual two-day music festival Lahooti Melo in Hyderabad, organized by musician Saif Samejo. Other attendees included Deputy Commissioner Hyderabad and other notable leaders from the area. Speaking on the occasion, Consul General Grace Shelton in her inaugural speech ...
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Consul General Engages with Students at Mehran University in Jamshoro and English Works Inauguration in Hyderabad

Hyderabad – In her second trip to Jamshoro, U.S. Consul General Grace Shelton met with students at the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) who had recently returned from an exchange at the University of Utah in the United States. As participants of the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (CAS-W), a U.S.-government ...
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“Building Bridges” Partnership Yields Balochistan University Program Entrepreneurship Education Summit

Karachi – Public Affairs Officer John Warner earlier today presided over the opening of a two-day Entrepreneurship Education Summit hosted by the Balochistan University Partnership Program. This program is a two year “Building Bridges” partnership between the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and three universities in Balochistan: the University of Balochistan, Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s ...
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NAPA & UT Austin Bridge Cultures through Music Concert

Karachi – Acting U.S. Consul General John Warner welcomed scores of music lovers to a concert featuring Sangat — an ensemble of musicians from the University of Texas (UT) Austin and National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA). The concert showcased the success of a three-year university partnership between the two schools, supported by a Rs. ...
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U.S. Consulate Organizes Sports Diplomacy Initiative: American Flag Football

Karachi — Acting Consul General John Warner welcomed approximately 20 male students aged 13 through 18 from “The Al-Qadir School”, a lower-middle-class private school in Liyari, to learn the rules of American Flag Football alongside volunteers from US Consulate Karachi. This is the first time Consulate Karachi held a sports diplomacy event featuring American Football ...
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U.S. Presents Boats to Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA)

Karachi – Last week representatives from the U.S. Office of the Defense Representative Pakistan (ODRP) presented two Zodiac Hurricane boats valued at more than USD $1,000,000 to Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) in Karachi. The PMSA, part of the Ministry of Defense, is headquartered in Karachi and is responsible for enforcing national and international laws ...
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U.S. Consulate Celebrates Sindh Culture Day

Karachi – For the fourth year in a row, the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi marked Sindh Culture Day with a folk music concert and reception. Consul General Grace Shelton welcomed Sindhi media, cultural contacts, and dignitaries to the event and Sindhi folk musicians Arbab Khan Khoso from Badin played the Al-ghozo, Sattar Jogi from ...
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U.S. Congratulates Sindh Government on Signing Agreements for Sindh Basic Education Program

Karachi – Early today Consul General Grace Shelton and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah witnessed the signing between Sindh School Education Department and Beaconhouse, Sukkur –IBA, and Indus Resource Centre and Charter for Compassion on the management and construction of five new schools in Khairpur and Sukkur districts.  Included in the Sindh Basic ...
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U.S. Consul General visits Sindh Wind Corridor

THATTA – U.S. Consul General Grace Shelton visited and met with wind energy professionals at the Sindh Wind Corridor in Jhampir, Thatta today. CG Shelton visited Sapphire Wind Power Project, USAID grid station, and Kheenjar Lake. “The Sindh Wind Corridor shows the vital role renewable energy can play in helping Pakistan solve its energy crisis,” ...
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U.S. Consulate Organizes Sports Diplomacy event with Special Olympians

Karachi — Consul General Grace Shelton welcomed Special Olympics Pakistan officials, Special Olympics athletes, and students to the Old Consul General Residence earlier today for the third in a series of Consulate sports diplomacy events this year.  CG Shelton, Mr. Rizwan Mansoor, Secretary General of Special Olympics Pakistan and Mr. Daniyal Alvi, manager of Operations ...
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U.S. Consul General inaugurates state-of-the-art school

Sukkur – U.S. Consul General Grace W. Shelton and Sindh Education Minister Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar today inaugurated a new school in Rohri; district Sukkur that was constructed with the support of the United States Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This is the sixth state-of-the-art school constructed under USAID’s $155 million ...
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U.S. Consulate hosts Presidential Election reception

Karachi – U.S. Consul General Grace Shelton hosted a reception for Karachi’s civil society, politicians, businessmen, journalists and students to watch live results of the November 8 American presidential election. Consul General Shelton said, “The United States is proud of its centuries-old democratic traditions and institutions.  In addition to electing the 45th President, we are ...
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U.S. Consulate celebrates Daniel Pearl World Music Days

Karachi – A festive crowd of more than 600 music lovers celebrated Daniel Pearl World Music Days with musical performances at the former U.S. Consul General’s Residence in Karachi this evening. Featured were two of Sindh’s own, Sounds of Kolachi, led by the talented Ahsan Bari, and The Sketches, led by master fusionist Saif Samejo. ...
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U.S. Consul General Grace Shelton visits Pakistan Stock Exchange

Karachi – U.S. Consul General Grace Shelton participated in the gong ceremony (ringing the bell) during her first visit to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSE) this morning. Consul General Shelton also held a meeting with the Exchange’s Board of Directors, led by Chairman Muneer Kamal and Managing Director Nadeem Naqvi.  Speaking on the occasion, Consul ...
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Consul General Grace Shelton visits U.S.-funded Makli preservation project

Thatta – U.S. Consul General in Karachi Grace Shelton toured the World Heritage Site of Makli necropolis to observe the restoration of the tombs of Sultan Ibrahim and Amir Sultan Muhammad as part of the U.S.-funded Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) project. The historical monuments in the Thatta area have outstanding value to not ...
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US Consul General hosts volleyball clinic for Dawood girls

Karachi – U.S. Consul General Grace Shelton engaged with young Pakistani girls at a volleyball clinic held at her residence.  Renowned Pakistani volleyball coaches Farah Sarfaraz, Nouma Faridi, and Fozia Naz trained more than 40 girls from Dawood Public School as their parents watched from the sidelines. “Volleyball shows us the importance of teamwork and ...
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U.S. Consul General Grace Shelton pays homage to Quaid-e-Azam

U.S. Consul General in Karachi Grace Shelton visited the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and paid her respects to the founder of Pakistan. Consul General Grace Shelton laid a floral wreath at the mausoleum and signed the guestbook on behalf of the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi. Consul General Shelton noted, “The United States ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Disruptions in Karachi

The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi wants to advise US citizens of large protests scheduled to begin on September 6th that could cause traffic and travel disruptions in Karachi, including to and from the airport. There is also increased potential for protests through the September 11th anniversary and Eid-ul-Azha holiday. U.S. citizens are reminded that ...
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U.S.-supported English-language alumni help clean Karachi’s beaches

Karachi – Over 50 alumni and teachers of the U.S. government funded English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) came together earlier today to clean Karachi’s beaches.  American and Pakistani volunteers including the U.S. Consul General Brian Heath and incoming Consul General Grace Shelton joined the young volunteers in the clean-up. “Today’s event has showed the value ...
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U.S. Government Funded School Inaugurated in Khairpur

Consul General Brian Heath and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah inaugurated a state-of-the-art school constructed under the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) at Kouro Goth, District Khairpur. “This school is just one of over 100 state-of-the-art facilities that USAID is constructing in partnership with the Government of ...
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USAID helping Pakistani mango farmers access world markets

Thatta – U.S. Consul General Brian Heath visited a mango farm in Tando Hafiz Shah to inspect automated mango graders and processors provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID Deputy Mission Director Denise Herbol and Deputy Provincial Director Patrick Brady were also present. “The United States is helping Pakistan boost domestic and ...
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US Consul General hosts baseball Clinic for Karachi youth

Karachi – U.S. Consul General Brian Heath hosted a baseball clinic for English Access students at his residence. Sindh Baseball Association President Mohsin Khan and well-known baseball personalities Amir Saleem, Jawad Ali, Shakeel Ahmed and Nadeem Zaheer attended as did U.S. Consulate Cultural Attaché Adam Jagelski. The baseball players and coaches guided and trained 30 ...
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200 Access Students Graduate in Hyderabad

Hyderabad — Some 200 enthusiastic Access students graduated in Hyderabad, yesterday. They are part of a U.S. Department of State-funded English-language program. Attending the ceremony were U.S. Consulate General Karachi Cultural Attaché AJ Jagelski, Consulate Officer Bria Mathews, Society for International Education Executive Director Farah Kamal and General Manager Saleem Ibrahim. “The United States,” said ...
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USAID and Aga Khan University join hands to fight malnutrition

Karachi – American Ambassador David Hale witnessed the signing of a partnership agreement between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Sindh Community Mobilization Program (CMP) and Aga Khan University’s Human Development Program.  The effort will support nutrition-related activities for children ages 5-9 in CMP schools in seven northern districts in Sindh and five ...
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Ambassador Hale inaugurates Flagship Lincoln Corner in Karachi

Karachi — American Ambassador David Hale and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah inaugurated the Lincoln Corner at Liaquat Memorial Library in Karachi today. The Karachi site will serve as the flagship Lincoln Corner in Pakistan. Special Assistant to the Chief Minister of the Sindh Culture and Tourism Department Sharmila Farooqi, Director of Liaquat Memorial ...
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Ambassador Hale pays respects to family of Abdul Sattar Edhi

American Ambassador David Hale paid his respects to the family of Abdul Sattar Edhi, praising the late humanitarian for his philanthropy and “compassion for humanity.” He said Edhi “promoted human rights through his tireless work assisting the needy, regardless of ethnicity or religion, and his philanthropic work reached many communities across the globe, including in ...
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USAID Helping Pakistan Solve Water Issues

Jamshoro – U.S. Consul General Brian Heath congratulated 20 Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) students and faculty who are part of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded U.S. Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W).  The delegates are heading to the University of Utah to do research as part of ...
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Consul General Heath leads journalists on CEJ tour

Karachi – U.S. Consul General Brian Heath led a group of journalists organizations on tour of the Center for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ). The U.S. government provided $4 million to establish the center at Karachi’s Institute of Business Administration “A free and professional press is a cornerstone of democracy and played a crucial role in ...
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U.S. Consulate Sends 19 Pakistani Women to Summer Exchanges in US

Karachi – U.S. Consul General Brian Heath greeted 19 Pakistani women prior to their departure for summer exchange programs in the United States. “My sincere congratulations to all of the participants in the Summer Sisters 2016 exchange program,” said Mr. Heath, while thanking partners: iEarn, the U.S. Pakistan Women’s Council and American University. Also attending ...
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Ambassador and chief minister inaugurate maternity ward at Jinnah Hospital

Karachi – American Ambassador David Hale and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah inaugurated a new PKR 628 million maternity ward at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre that was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The 120-bed maternity ward replaces an older one with only 80 beds.  USAID previously funded the construction ...
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University of Massachusetts, Balochistan Universities Build Bridges

U.S. Acting Consul General Chad Peterson presided over the signing of a Balochistan Consortium University Partnership Memorandum of Agreement. The two-year “Building Bridges” partnership links the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with the University of Balochistan, Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University Quetta and Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences. The partnership will ...
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Security Message of U.S. Citizens: Islamabad Security Threat

The American Embassy in Islamabad has received threat information regarding possible terrorist attacks against locations in Islamabad in late December, especially during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period. Possible targets include places of worship and shopping centers. U.S. government personnel are under additional movement restrictions in coming weeks, including religious venues and large shopping ...
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US Consulate Donates Computer Systems to Karachi Press Club

U.S. Consulate General Karachi donated three computer, network and printer systems and software to the Karachi Press Club. The Consulate gave the equipment to the Club to support Karachi-based journalists in their day-to-day reporting. “The media plays a very important role in a free society,” said U.S. Consul General Brian Heath. “Journalists in Pakistan face ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Threat in Pakistan

In light of increased threats of potential violence surrounding the anniversary of the December 16, 2014 attack on the Peshawar Army Public School, the American Embassy in Islamabad, and the Consulates in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar have placed movement restrictions on U.S. government personnel in coming weeks. U.S. citizens are advised that the possibility for ...
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USAID, Sindh Government Partner to Save Women’s, Children’s Lives

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Pakistan John Groarke, and Sindh Health Secretary Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo and Population Welfare Secretary Muhammad Saleem Raza signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) implement the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Health Program (MCH). The U.S. Consul General in Karachi, Brian Heath, also attended. Under the terms ...
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U.S. Consulate celebrates Sindh Cultural Day

For the third year in a row, the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi marked Sindh Cultural Day with a musical performance and reception at the Consul General’s Residence. Consul General Brian Heath welcomed Sindhi media contacts and dignitaries to acknowledge and celebrate “the rich and profound heritage of the Sindhi people.” During the event, Zufiqar ...
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US Consul General opens Pakistan American Cultural Center Lincoln Corner

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath officially inaugurated the Lincoln Corner at the Pakistan American Cultural Center (PACC). Also, in attendance were PACC President Fahim Millwala, Executive Director Arshad Nadeem and Cultural Programs Director Nasir Salim as well as Consulate Public Affairs Officer Mark Kendrick and Cultural Affairs Officer Li Ping Lo. “The opening of the ...
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US Consulate showcases Academy Award winning film ‘Saving Face’

U.S. Consulate General Karachi showcased Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s 2012 Academy Award-winning film “Saving Face” as part of its “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.” The campaign, held globally November 25 to December 10 each year, draws attention to issues of racism, sexism, cultures of violence, homophobia, human rights and, specifically, ending gender-based violence against ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Travel Alert

This message contains the text of a Worldwide Travel Alert issued November 23, 2015 by the U.S. Department of State to Americans living and traveling overseas. The text of this message, as well as Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts and Country Specific Information for every country in the world, can be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website . U.S. ...
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International Education Week: US Consul General discusses U.S. – Pakistan university partnerships

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath hosted a panel discussion highlighting U.S. Department of State University Partnership programs in Sindh at his residence on Wednesday. The University Partnership program provides support for academic linkages between universities in Pakistan and the United States. Currently there are 20 such partnerships in Pakistan, aimed at improving the professional development ...
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Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week in Karachi

The U.S. Consulate General Karachi celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 16-22, 2015) by convening a panel of entrepreneurs who shared their personal journey from startup to success and discussed the challenges of being an entrepreneur in Pakistan. “Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas ...
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US Consul General Pays Tribute to Shah Abdul Bhitai

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath paid tribute to Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai by laying a floral wreath at the Sindhi poet’s shrine. “Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai’s poetry calls for tolerance and coexistence,” said Mr. Heath. “Shah Latif’s message of universal love is truly inspiring.” The U.S. Consul General is leading a delegation through Sindh. The ...
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U.S. Consul General Visits USAID Projects in Sanghar

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath visited U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) projects in Sanghar, including the District Headquarters Hospital and Khatoon-e-Pakistan School. At the hospital, Mr. Heath noted that he was “very proud of USAID’s contributions, particularly rehabilitating the hospital’s labor room in July 2015 as a part of USAID’s flagship Maternal, Newborn and ...
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US Consul General Visits Umerkot

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath visited the Umerkot Press club to meet journalists. While there, he reinforced U.S. support for freedom of the press and professional standards of journalism in Pakistan. “While the journalist community in Umerkot is small, it has played an important role in covering events in lower Sindh,” said Mr. Heath. “I ...
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USAID Working to Save Lives of Pakistani Mothers, Children

Thousands of women and newborns die during pregnancy and childbirth each year in Pakistan. Identifying danger signs during pregnancy and the presence of skilled birth attendants during delivery could prevent many of these deaths. “Maternal and newborn deaths can be prevented if women and their families have better knowledge of nutrition, immunization, and prenatal care,” ...
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New York Police Shares Community Policing Tips

Lieutenant Adeel Rana and Detective Elvis Vukelj of the New York Police Department held a panel discussion on community policing with law and criminology graduate students at the U.S. Consulate General Karachi. Both Rana and Vukelj are members of the Muslim Officer’s Association and have extensive experience working with immigrant communities in New York. “We’re ...
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Proposed Routes and Safety Precautions during the Ashura Holiday

This Security Message informs U.S. citizens of proposed processional routes and security precautions during the Ashura holiday. Large processions in Karachi are planned for October 22, 23 and 24. Processions will likely start from Nishter Park and Numaish, take place along Muhammad Ali Jinnah Road, and end at Hussainia Irania Mosque. The planned processional route ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety During the Ashura Holiday

This Security Message informs U.S. citizens of increased safety concerns and security restrictions during the Ashura holiday. From now through October 25, there will be a number of large gatherings and moving processions across the country. In preparation, the Government of Pakistan is expected to mobilize several thousand additional police officers and military personnel throughout ...
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US Consul General Addresses Isra University Students

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath spoke to 70 undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members from the Business Administration and Management Sciences departments at Isra University in Hyderabad. Chancellor Asadullah Kazi, Pro-Vice Chancellor Hameedullah Kazi and Professor Qamaruddin Mahar welcomed the U.S. Consul General. “I am especially happy to see first-hand the results of the ...
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US Consulate Launches Sindhi Language Web Site

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath officially launched the Consulate’s first-ever Sindhi language web site at his residence in Karachi. Leading Sindhi writer and social activist Dr. Suleman Shaikh shared the stage. In addition, Sindhi musicians performed at the event, which was also designed to showcase Sindhi culture. “We are very proud and excited to launch ...
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USAID Improves Access to Education in Sindh

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Sindh Education and Literacy Department signed memorandums of understanding (MoU) with Engro Corporation to improve education in Sindh. “The Sindh government and our corporate partners have shown great leadership in implementing U.S.-funded education projects,” said U.S. Consul General Brian Heath. “The collaboration will go a long way ...
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USAID Improving Water Supplies

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) broke ground at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET). The new USAID-funded building will house the U.S. Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water — recently established by USAID, MUET and the University of Utah. “This project is another example of the long-term commitment of the United ...
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Ambassador Olson Launches U.S. Mission Pakistan Urdu Websites

U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson announced the launch of U.S. Mission Pakistan’s Urdu-languages web sites today during his visit to Karachi. “We now have comprehensive Urdu-language web sites at the Embassy in Islamabad as well as our three Consulates in Lahore, Peshawar, and Karachi,” said Ambassador Olson. Recognizing the importance of providing information ...
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School Fair Showcases U.S. Educational Opportunities

EducationUSA Pakistan and the U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) teamed up to organize a Back to School fair in Karachi. Hundreds of Pakistani students met alumni from 40 U.S. colleges and universities with U.S. Consulate staff answering questions on visas, life in the U.S. and college applications. “Every year, the number of international students ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Elimination of Visa Page Inserts

U.S. Mission to Pakistan The U.S. Mission to Pakistan informs U.S. citizens that after December 31, 2015, there will be no more extra visa pages added to U.S. passports. Instead, as of October 2014, 52-page passport books are being issued to all applicants applying at overseas posts at no extra cost.  This policy aims to ...
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Security Message: Increased Threat of Violence

U.S. Embassy Islamabad The United States Embassy has received new information of possible threats against Pakistani government sites, places with heavy concentrations of security forces, and minority places of worship.  U.S. citizens are urged to exercise heightened vigilance.  The U.S. Embassy has placed temporary security restrictions on its personnel visiting government facilities in Punjab province. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

This message contains the text of a Worldwide Caution issued on July 29, 2015 by the U.S. Department of State to Americans living and traveling overseas. The text of this message, as well as Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts and Country Specific Information for every country in the world, can be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website . U.S. ...
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Security Restrictions Regarding Government Offices in Karachi

The United States Consulate in Karachi has placed security restrictions on its personnel regarding visits to Pakistan government offices in Karachi for the next several weeks.  U.S. citizens are advised that the security situation and the possibility for violence at or near such offices is elevated at this time. U.S. citizens are reminded that there ...
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3.4% Rise in Number of Pakistani Students Studying in the United States

Education USA at the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) hosted a pre-departure orientation in Karachi for 40 students who will begin their graduate and undergraduate programs in the United States this fall.  Similar orientation sessions will be held in Islamabad and Lahore for a total of 180 students on self-funded and scholarship programs ...
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U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism Alumni Attend Training Seminar in Karachi

The U.S. Department of State and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) launched a training seminar for 150 alumni of the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism program today at the Institute for Business Administration (IBA) City Campus in Karachi.  U.S. Consul General Karachi Brian Heath opened at the new Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) ...
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Karachi Girls Stars of U.S. Consulate Sports Diplomacy Iftar

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath saluted 30 female Access English-language Microscholarship students at his residence. Despite the heat, the 30 hockey players demonstrated their mettle in an exciting sports clinic followed by a hard-fought match. Among those supporting the young athletes was Islahuddin Siddiqui, captain of Pakistan’s 1978 World Champion Hockey team. “We are celebrating ...
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USAID Works to Enhance Child Nutrition in Sindh

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Sindh Community Mobilization Program organized a “Child Nutrition in Sindh: Challenges and Opportunities” conference. USAID wants to better coordinate development partners to improve child nutrition in Sindh. “We want to implement a comprehensive strategy and strong coordination to fight malnutrition,” said Leon Waskin, USAID provincial director for ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Attack in Karachi June 7, 2015

U.S Consulate General Karachi has received information regarding a possible attack on one or more major venues in Karachi today, June 7, 2015.  There may be an increased police presence or further restrictions at such venues as a result.  We recommend U.S. citizens avoid locations where Westerners are known to congregate such as major hotels ...
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U.S. Consulate Presents American Film Showcase

U.S. Consulate Karachi invited Hollywood directors Martha Mitchell and Andy Merkin to visit Pakistan as part of the U.S. Department of State’s American Film Showcase in partnership with the University of Southern California’s Film School, Hunerkada College of Visual and Performing Arts and the 60 Second International Film Festival — a project by Morango Films. The ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder to Review Travel Warning for Pakistan

U.S. citizens are reminded that there is an active Travel Warning for Pakistan, issued on February 24, 2015. U.S. citizens are urged to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan. The embassy reminds those U.S. citizens remaining in Pakistan, or considering travelling there, to closely review the Travel Warning and to closely monitor media reports of the current ...
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U.S. Consul General Brian Heath Provides Carriers to Sindh Police

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath and officials from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) transferred four carriers to the Sindh police. Sindh Inspector General Police Ghulam Haider Jamali and INL Attaché Brooke de Montluzin were present at the handover. This is the second installment of vehicles, specifically ...
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US Special Envoy Hochstein Seeks to Rev Up Pakistan’s Energy Sector

Amos Hochstein, Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, met with the American Business Council’s (ABC) Executive Committee in Karachi to discuss its energy needs and challenges. ABC President Arshad Saeed Husain and ABC Vice President Amin Muhammad Khowaja greeted the U.S. delegation, which included Andrea Richter, Chief of Staff, ...
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US Consulate Karachi Marks World Intellectual Property Rights Day

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath moderated a panel discussion to highlight intellectual property rights issues facing the music industry at Karachi’s National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA). The event is part of an awareness building campaign leading up to World IPR Day April 26. This year’s theme is “Get up, stand up, for music.” Grace ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder of Importance of Taking Personal Security Precautions

Following the April 16 attack on a U.S. citizen in Karachi, the U.S. Mission in Pakistan reminds all U.S. citizens to vary your times and routes when traveling anywhere in Pakistan, and to avoid travel patterns to such locations that would allow other persons to predict when and where you will be. Review your personal ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Leading up to March 23rd Pakistan Day Holiday

This Security Message alerts U.S. citizens about security concerns leading up to and including the March 23, 2015 Pakistan Day holiday. The U.S. Embassy expects a significant increase in the presence of security personnel around Islamabad and other major cities in Pakistan.  We expect there may be disruptions to communication and transportation systems from Saturday, ...
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USAID, Sindh Government Break Ground at Karachi School

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Gregory Gottlieb and Sindh Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro broke ground at the Damba Goath government school in Gadap Town. The event kicked off USAID-funded school construction in Karachi, under its Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP). “This groundbreaking represents only one part of the broader U.S. ...
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Ambassador Olson Launches Lincoln Corner Quetta

United States Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson launched Lincoln Corner Quetta at the University of Balochistan’s Law College, presenting a gift of 150 books for the new facility.  U.S. Consul General Brian Heath, University of Balochistan Law College Vice Chancellor Javeid Iqbal, and Principal Amanullah Achakazai, as well as Pakistan U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) ...
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U.S. Consul General Brian Heath Visits Balochistan Assembly

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath visited the Balochistan Assembly to engage in dialogue and discuss U.S. assistance programs. Balochistan Assembly Speaker Jan Muhammad Jamali hosted the U.S. Consulate General Karachi delegation, which included representatives from its Political and Economic Section. Later, Mr. Heath visited the Assembly’s Library and Resource Center, both of which were funded ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Heightened Threat Against Private Venues in Pakistan

Based on recent media reports and conversations with security officials, we believe there is a heightened threat against government buildings and other prominent locations including private membership institutions, hotels, and restaurants in cities in Pakistan. Updated Information on Travel and Security The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan urges U.S. citizens to vary their times and routes ...
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U.S. Consulate Karachi Celebrates Baloch Culture Day

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath welcomed prominent Baloch political, cultural, social, business and media representatives to his residence in Karachi to commemorate Baloch Culture Day March 2. “As U.S. Consul General in Karachi, I represent the United States in Sindh and Balochistan,” said Mr. Heath. “While geography makes it difficult to meet with officials and ...
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Ambassador Richard Olson Inaugurates Department of Teacher Education Building at the University of Karachi

Ambassador of the United States Richard G. Olson and Sindh Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmad Khuhro inaugurated the newly constructed Department of Teacher Education building at the University of Karachi funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The building is a state-of-the art, fully handicapped accessible, eco-friendly facility that is equipped with ...
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USAID, Aman Tech, and the UNDP Sign Agreement to Provide Vocational Training to Pakistani Youth

United States Ambassador Richard G. Olson signed an agreement to launch a vocational training program to empower Pakistani youth at the Aman Foundation’s headquarters in Karachi. The Youth Workforce Development Program will provide practical job training to under-served Pakistani youth in Sindh. These vocational and career development skills allow participants to excel in today’s competitive ...
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U.S. Consulate Band Performs at NAPA’s Tenth Anniversary

The audience at Karachi’s National Association of Performing Arts (NAPA) got a special treat: U.S. Consulate Karachi sponsored Mary McBride Band performing beloved Americana musical favorites. On a return visit to Karachi, Mary McBride and her band are participating in NAPA’s 10th anniversary “International Music Festival 2015.” “First of all, let me wish our friends ...
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Consul General Heath welcomes 200 Hyderabad students to US Embassy English Language Training Program

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath welcomed 200 new students to the U.S. Embassy’s Access English-language training program. iEARN Pakistan Executive Director Farah Kamal, U.S. Consulate Public Affairs Officer Mark Kendrick and U.S. Consulate Cultural Attaché Priscilla Guzman and 100 Access alumni also attended the opening ceremony at the Indus Hotel in Hyderabad. The students, which ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Militant Attack in Lahore near Police Lines

The U.S. Mission in Pakistan urges all U.S. citizens to avoid the area of the Qilla Gujjar Singh Police Lines, located on Empress Road north of Shimla Hill, and less than a kilometer from the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore, Pakistan, until authorities have deemed the surrounding area safe and secure.  On Tuesday afternoon, February ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: 2015 U.S. Tax Filing Season

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided the following guidance for U.S. citizens abroad preparing for the 2015 tax filing season. This IRS guidance is posted under Federal Benefits and Obligations on  travel.state.gov . Who Must File? All U.S. citizens and resident aliens must file a U.S. individual income tax return, even if they permanently live outside the United States ...
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US Consulate fetes International Writing Program, proud sponsor of 6th Karachi Literature Festival

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath hosted University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP) Director Christopher Merrill at his Residence. Mr. Merrill is in Karachi to participate in the 6th Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) February 6-8. In addition, KLF founders Ameena Saiyid and Asif Farrukhi and colleagues from the Oxford University Press attended as did IWP alumni ...
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Aquaculture Handbook to Expand Fish Yields, Farmer Income

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and American Soybean Association officially launched the “Aquaculture Handbook – Fish Farming and Nutrition in Pakistan.”  U.S. and Pakistani scientists jointly wrote the handbook as part of an ongoing USDA effort to expand farmed-fish yields and farmer incomes through better fish feeding and management practices. U.S. Consul General Brian ...
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U.S. Consul General Welcomes 400 New Students to Access English Language Program

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath welcomed 400 new students to the U.S. State Department’s English Access Microscholarship Program. iEARN Pakistan Executive Director Farah Kamal also attended. “I am happy to say this marks the third Access opening ceremony that I have attended since my arrival as Consul General in Karachi,” said Mr. Heath. “I am ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Continuing Threat to U.S. Residences

The Embassy remains concerned terrorist groups are planning to gain access to U.S. citizen residences in the settled areas of Pakistan, to include Lahore and Islamabad. The terrorists may attempt to facilitate an attack through visits under the pretext of construction, maintenance, utility, or technical service work. U.S. citizens should be extremely cautious about granting ...
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U.S. Consulate, PACC Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr Day

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with 100 English Access Microscholarship and Pakistan American Cultural Center (PACC) students. The event included a viewing of King’s iconic “I Have a Dream Speech,” a speaking competition and two skits. Also attending the event were Evolution CEO Sidra Niaz, PACC President Fahim Millwalla, ...
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U.S. Helping Build Pakistan Technology Success

U.S. Consulate Karachi, Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA), Google and Samsung teamed up to launch The NEST I/O — an exciting, innovative technology incubator. Together, Google, Samsung and the U.S. State Department contributed nearly $1.4 million to open the first such project in Pakistan. The NEST I/O will partner with 28 technology hub incubators — ...
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U.S. Consul General Celebrates ACCESS Student Achievements

U.S. Consul General Brian Heath presided over an awards ceremony for 600 students enrolled in the U.S. State Department’s English Access Microscholarship Program. The Society of International Education (SIE) manages the Access program in Karachi. “Education is the key to success,” said Mr. Heath. “The English language skills that Access provides are helping young people ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Attacks during the Holiday Season

The U.S. Embassy has received information regarding threats to a wide range and large number of locations throughout Pakistan. These attacks may be timed to coincide with the holiday season. Locations could include markets, restaurants, hotels, government facilities, schools, and other commercial or public areas. Recent terror attacks in Peshawar and the resulting Pakistan Government ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threats to Residences in Islamabad

The Embassy has been informed of plans by terror groups to gain access to U.S. citizen  residences through visits by construction, maintenance, or utility companies, as well as other technical service providers. U.S. citizens should be extremely cautious about granting access to their residences, even to established companies, for the immediate future. Recent terror attacks ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Advisory Concerning Chehlum Processions in Islamabad and Rawalpindi

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in Islamabad and Rawalpindi to exercise caution and avoid planned processions for Chehlum on December 12 and 13. In Islamabad, the Chehlum procession will occur in Sector G/6 on December 12 after Juma prayers and is expected to end in the evening; In Rawalpindi, the procession will be held ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Advisory Concerning Chehlum Mourning Procession in Lahore

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in Lahore to be cautious about planned processions for Chehlum on December 13th, expected to pass through and immediately to the south of Lahore’s walled city. This procession typically draws crowds in excess of 75,000 people. While we are not aware of any threats to this year’s procession, we ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Anti-U.S. Protests

U.S. Citizens in Pakistan should be aware that the release of declassified versions of the executive summary, findings, and conclusions of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s study on the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation program could prompt anti-U.S. protests and violence against U.S. interests, including private U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens should pay attention to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Advisory Concerning Potentially Violent Protests and Unrest

The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens in Islamabad to avoid the Red Zone on Sunday, November 30 due to planned protests in the area. In the past, similar protests have become violent. The Embassy has advised its employees to limit their movements to avoid this area, and we recommend that private U.S. citizens observe the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat to Western-affiliated Schools in Islamabad

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad has received information that unspecified terrorists may be planning to target Western-affiliated international schools in Islamabad at an unknown date and time. U.S. Citizens in Islamabad are reminded of the Department of State’s most recent travel warning (dated August 8th, 2014) advising the deferment of all non-essential travel to Pakistan. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Threat Against Western Schools

A recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website encouraged attacks against Western teachers employed at international schools. The message referenced schools in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Maadi (Egypt) specifically, noting that these two cities have high concentrations of potential targets. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is unaware of any specific, credible threat against any American ...
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United States Consulate General Karachi, Pakistan Ashura Events November 3-4, 2014

This security message from the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi alerts U.S. citizens about safety and security concerns during the 9th and 10th of Muharram holidays, also known as Ashura. Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar, and marks the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala where the grandson of Prophet Muhammad and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reports of Police Imposters in Islamabad

U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad notes that there have been reported incidents in Islamabad of foreigners being approached by non-uniformed individuals claiming to be police, demanding identification and permission to search bags.  These impostors have not been violent, though property and cash have been stolen.  These reported incidents occurred in F-10 ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Advisory Concerning Ongoing Violent Protests and Continued Unrest

The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens in Islamabad to avoid the Red Zone due to continuing protests in the area which have become violent. Hundreds of people have been reported injured and at least three people reportedly killed since protests turned violent on Saturday, August 30th. Additional demonstrations have been called for throughout Pakistan. Furthermore, ...
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Consular Services at U.S. Consulate General Karachi Significantly Reduced

The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi will be closed for routine consular services on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 2 and 3, 2014 (Monday, September 1 is a U.S. holiday). We will only be able to assist with emergency cases involving U.S. citizens during this time. U.S. citizens who need to contact the Consulate General in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Advisory Concerning Upcoming Demonstrations

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad advises U.S. citizens of the increased risk of violence during upcoming planned demonstrations in Islamabad, Lahore, and other major cities throughout Pakistan.  U.S. citizens are advised to monitor the situation via local media, stay clear of all known demonstration routes and areas, keep a low profile, exercise caution, and avoid ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: New Airport Departure Taxes on International Travel

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, has been given notice that effective July 1, 2014, the Government of Pakistan has increased the Federal Excise Duty and introduced a new Advance Withholding tax on international departures.  The Advance Withholding tax is equal to 4% of the gross airfare (base fare plus all applicable taxes and surcharges) ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Alert of Possible Upcoming Demonstrations

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad advises U.S. citizens of the increased risk of violence, demonstrations, and protests throughout Pakistan.  On June 18, eight protesters died in Lahore during clashes with Pakistani authorities.  We recommend that citizens avoid the areas around Model Town and other places in Lahore where demonstrators tend to congregate, such as the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder of Security Awareness and Travel Restrictions on Foreigners in Pakistan

In light of ongoing military activity in North Waziristan and the continuing threat of terrorist violence, including retaliatory attacks, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the importance of maintaining a high state of caution.  Public areas, including markets, shopping centers, and restaurants, continue to be at a high risk for attacks.  We also remind ...
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Terrorist Attack at Karachi – Jinnah International Airport

The U.S. Mission in Pakistan urges all U.S. citizens to avoid the area of the Jinnah International Airport (KHI) in Karachi, Pakistan, until authorities have deemed the airport and surrounding area safe and secure.  On Sunday evening, June 8, 2014, terrorist militants staged an attack at the airport’s old terminal inside the secure area of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Terrorist Attack at Karachi – Jinnah International Airport

The U.S. Mission in Pakistan urges all U.S. citizens to avoid the area of the Jinnah International Airport (KHI) in Karachi, Pakistan, until authorities have deemed the airport and surrounding area safe and secure.  On Sunday evening, June 8, 2014, terrorist militants staged an attack at the airport’s old terminal inside the secure area of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Polio Vaccination Requirement to Exit Pakistan

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan informs U.S. citizens that the Pakistani Government is now requiring all travelers exiting Pakistan who have spent more than four weeks in the country to produce a valid polio (poliomyelitis) vaccination certificate. The vaccine requirement is in response to a series of WHO recommendations aimed at stemming the international ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: IRS Webinar on Reporting of Foreign Financial Accounts

The Internal Revenue Service reminds all U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including those with dual citizenship who have lived or worked abroad during all or part of 2013, that they may have a U.S. tax liability and a filing requirement in 2014. The deadline for filing tax returns and other related financial information with the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder of security awareness in light of May 24th bombings in Islamabad

In light of recent bombings in Islamabad on the morning of May 24th in F-6 and G-9 Sector, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the ongoing threat of violence in Pakistan and advises all U.S. citizens to maintain a high state of caution. Public areas, including markets, shopping centers, and restaurants, continue to be at ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstrations in Pakistan, May 11 2014

This security message alerts U.S. citizens about planned demonstrations on Sunday, May 11 in various cities throughout Pakistan.  It is likely these demonstrations will lead to road closures and cause significant travel delays along other major thoroughfares as regular traffic is rerouted.  Airports could also be affected by road closures.  These demonstrations have sometimes coincided ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Advisory on Trekking in Gilgit-Baltistan

As the trekking and mountain climbing season approaches, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, alerts U.S. citizens regarding security and other concerns in the Gilgit-Baltistan region. In June 2013, gunmen dressed as paramilitary police attacked a Nanga Parbat mountain base camp and killed ten foreign nationals, including one U.S. citizen. As a result of the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat against Tourist Sites and Two Hotels in Lahore

We have received information that militants may be planning to target foreigners at tourist sites in Lahore, Punjab Province, and at two of the city’s hotels by early April.  The Pearl Continental and Faletti’s Hotel were identified as possible targets. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to vary their times and routes when traveling in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Security Threat against western-oriented establishments in Pakistan

In light of security incidents in the region and ongoing concerns about the security situation in Pakistan, the U.S. Mission in Pakistan reminds U.S. citizens that western-oriented establishments (such as restaurants and hotels) can be a target of attacks. As a precautionary measure, U.S. Government staff in Pakistan have been strongly urged to avoid such ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threat against the Islamabad Diplomatic Enclave

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, has received information concerning a potential security threat against the Diplomatic Enclave in Islamabad.  This threat could lead to the implementation of additional security measures at Enclave entrances,causing unpredictable delays when entering the Enclave.  All Consular Services, for both visas and U.S. citizens, at U.S. Embassy Islamabad remain available ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Advisory on Visiting Khosar Market in Islamabad

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, informs U.S. citizens that the Embassy is temporarily prohibiting U.S. staff from visiting Khosar Market in F-6/3 area of Islamabad due to security concerns. We urge U.S. citizens to avoid this area. We also remind all U.S. citizens to review the Worldwide Caution issued by the Department of State on September ...
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