Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Lahore

Location:  At and near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, as well as some main roads leading to and from that area. Event:  Pakistan Super League cricket matches will be held at Gaddafi Stadium on March 20 and 21, 2018. Local officials expect heavy traffic in and around Gaddafi Stadium, and have communicated various road closures, including ...
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U.S. Consul General Lahore inaugurates English language program for skilled workforce development

In an event with TEVTA and program implementers on March 1 in Lahore, U.S. Consul General to Lahore Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau welcomed over 100 new students from Lahore and Sialkot to the U.S. State Department’s English Works Program. Chairman Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Irfan Qaiser Sheikh also attended the inauguration of the ...
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U.S. and Pakistan Partner to Strengthen Punjab Health Sector

Lahore, December 19, 2017 – U.S. Consul General in Lahore, Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau, reiterated the U.S. Government’s support for further strengthening Pakistan’s health sector at a ceremony marking the hand-over of the first ever province-specific Public Health Supply Chain Strategy to the Punjab Departments of Health and Population Welfare. The event also celebrated the launch ...
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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. U.S. Embassy Islamabad reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Second Consecutive Day of Protests in and around Lahore

The U.S. Consulate General Lahore informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations continue to take place throughout Lahore.  These protests are an ongoing response to official Pakistani government action being taken to disperse the Islamabad/Rawalpindi-based protests.  Some of the confrontations between protestors and police have become violent.  All U.S. government employee movements have been canceled today to ...
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U.S. Consul General Lahore inaugurates the Wazir Khan Mosque Chowk following U.S.-funded restoration

Lahore November 16, 2017:  U.S. Consul General Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau, the Director General of the Walled City of Lahore Authority Mr. Kamran Lashari, the CEO of Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan, Mr. Salman Beg, and representatives of the conservation team, the Masjid Wazir Khan,  and the community,  officially opened the newly restored Chowk of Wazir ...
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U.S. Consul General’s Trip to Multan Highlights USAID Project to Empower Youth

Multan, November 4, 2017 – United States Consul General in Lahore, Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau, today awarded graduation certificates to 40 female trainees who have received skills training under the USAID Punjab Youth Workforce Development (PYWD) Project. Also present at the event were USAID Provincial Director for Punjab, Lea Swanson; General Manager Operations, Technical Education and ...
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U.S. Consul General Attends Ceremony for English Learners in Sargodha

Sargodha November 1, 2017:  Over 100 students, 50 girls and 50 boys, graduated in Sargodha Wednesday from the U.S. Department of State-funded English Access Microscholarship (Access)  Program. U.S. Consul General Lahore Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau attended the graduation and distributed certificates among the graduates. The Access Program provides English language and leadership training to high school ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large Number of Protests in Proximity to U.S. Consulate Lahore

The U.S. Consulate General Lahore informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place at the Lahore Press Club beginning at 14:00 on Friday, October 6, 2017. Several organizations may be demonstrating. Local police anticipate there may be approximately 2,000 protesters. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. ...
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U.S. Consulate Lahore Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Traffic Disruptions Expected for Political Rallies

Today starting at approximately 16:00, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party will hold a political rally at Faisal Chowk / Mall Road.  Imran Khan is expected to attend and police believe there will be up to 3500 supporters attending the event.  The event is part of the NA-120 election campaign, and the conclusion time tonight ...
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U.S. Consul General Lahore visits Wazir Khan Mosque Chowk following U.S.-funded restoration

Lahore August 17, 2017:  U.S. Consul General Yuriy R. Fedkiw visited the Chowk of Wazir Khan Mosque to observe the restoration work completed under the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).  Mr. Salman Beg, CEO of Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan, the implementing partner for the project, and representatives of the conservation team, were ...
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United States Looks to Increased Business Ties with Faisalabad

On July 20, Commercial Counselor Steve Knode and U.S. Consulate Lahore Political / Economic Chief Ann Mason traveled to Faisalabad, Pakistan’s third largest city, and met with the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Faisalabad Industrial Estate Development & Management Company. Mr. Knode discussed the prevailing commercial and economic climate in Punjab and ...
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American Consulate Lahore Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bomb Explosion Near Punjab Assembly

Media are reporting that an explosion occurred at approximately 1800 in front of the Punjab Provincial Assembly Building on Mall Road at Charing Cross.  Media reporting indicates that there were at least 16 people killed and 74 injured in the attack.  U.S. citizens are urged to avoid this area.  If you are aware of any U.S. ...
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American Deputy Chief of Mission Visits Information Technology University Lahore

April 20, 2016 Deputy Chief of Mission for the American Embassy in Pakistan Jonathan Pratt and Information Technology University (ITU) Vice Chancellor Dr. Umar Saif signed a Memorandum of Understanding April 19 that establishes a partnership between the University and the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore to build a Lincoln Corner on the University’s campus. ...
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Statement by John Kirby Spokesperson on the Terrorist Attack in Lahore, Pakistan

March 27, 2016 The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s appalling terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan. This cowardly act, which targeted innocent civilians in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, has killed dozens and left scores injured. The United States stands with the people and Government of Pakistan at this difficult hour. We send our deepest ...
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First-Ever Commercial Shipment of U.S. Dairy Cattle Arrives in Pakistan

Visiting Cheema Farm 12 kilometers outside of Gujranwala in Kalaske, U.S. Consul General Zachary Harkenrider welcomed the first-ever shipment of U.S. dairy cattle to Pakistan. The 300 Holsteins flew from Miami, Florida in the United States to Sialkot in Punjab and will find homes on several commercial farms in Punjab. U.S. and Pakistani officials worked ...
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Remarks by Consul General, Zachary Harkenrider Arrival of U.S. Cattle, Cheema Farm

Chahudry Muhammad Nasir Cheema, Member of the Punjab Provincial Assembly and President of the Punjab Chamber of Agriculture Chaudhry Usman Ali, Executive Director of Global Assets Management Ladies and Gentlemen, Assalam-o-aleikum and good morning. I am honored to be here today to welcome U.S.-bred cattle to Pakistan. Our records indicate that this is the first ...
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USAID and PAMCO Promote Policy Reforms in Punjab’s Agriculture, Dairy, and Meat Sectors

Representatives from the Punjab Enabling Environment Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Punjab Agriculture and Meat Company (PAMCO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore opportunities for growth in Punjab’s agriculture, dairy, and meat sectors.  The representatives from PAMCO and the Punjab Enabling Environment Project pledged to promote ...
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Harkenrider Ari Roland Concert Remarks

Captain (retired) Muhammad Usman Younis, District Coordination Officer Lahore Zeejah Fazli, President of the Foundation for Arts, Culture and Education Distinguished Guests and friends Assalam-o-aleikum and good evening. It is an honor to welcome the Ari Roland Jazz Quartet back to Lahore for their third visit. They arrived yesterday at 5:00 am and, seemingly immune ...
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Harkenrider 3rd Deans and Directors Conference Remarks

Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan Minister for Education Dr Hasan Shoaib Murad, Chairman National Business Education Accreditation Council, Higher Education Commission Mr. Yahya Khan, Vice President Telenor Pakistan Deans and Directors of Business Schools International Delegates from the United States, South Asia, Europe, and New Zealand. Distinguished Guests Assalamu Alaikum It is an honor for me ...
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USAID-Funded Design Summit in Lahore Seeks Solutions to Development Challenges

Thirty innovators from around the world gathered in Lahore for two weeks to develop information communication technology-based solutions to development challenges.  Participants presented prototype solutions to health, agriculture, and disaster response challenges today at the concluding session of the Lahore International Development Design Summit. The two-week summit was organized by the International Development Innovation Network, ...
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Remarks to U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security

The Honorable Minister of Agriculture for Punjab Province, Doctor Farrukh Javed The Honorable Doctor Muhammad Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad The Honorable Syed Fakhir Imam, former Speaker National Assembly, former Federal Minister, and a distinguished agriculturalist in his own right. Faculty Members, Researchers, Members of the Media and Distinguished ...
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U.S. Consul General, Punjab Ministers Break Ground for U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Faisalabad

U.S. Consul General Zachary Harkenrider and Punjab Ministers for Agriculture and Law Dr. Farrukh Javed and Rana Sanaullah Khan participated today in a groundbreaking ceremony for the $30 million U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF). UAF and the University of California, Davis will collaborate through this ...
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Remarks at the Convocation of University of Management and Technology

The Honorable Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Governor of Punjab and Patron of the University of Management and Technology The Honorable Professor Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, National Reforms and Development The Honorable Muhammad Mian Soomro, Ex-Chairman of the Senate and member of the University of Management and Technology Board The Honorable Professor Dr. Hasan ...
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U.S. Consul General Harkenrider Discusses U.S. Federal Government and Federal Elections

U.S. Consul General, Lahore Zachary V. Harkenrider visited the Lincoln Corner at Government College University, Faisalabad, where he gave an interactive presentation on the U.S. federal government and federal elections to an audience of students from several disciplines. Students were particularly interested in the U.S. presidential election which will be held in November 2016. The ...
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U.S. Consulate Lahore celebrates Geo Awareness Week with Local Universities

U.S. Consulate General Lahore in collaboration with Digital Humanitarians organized a series of “Mapathons” to celebrate Geo Awareness Week 2015 with over 117 volunteer students from five different universities. The students used “open mapping” technology to create maps of roads, bridges, and buildings that will assist international response efforts to earthquakes in Haiti and Afghanistan. ...
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American Embassy Pakistan Announces the Arrival of Ambassador David Hale

Ambassador David Hale arrived today, November 18, 2015, in Islamabad.  He will present his credentials to President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain at the earliest opportunity.  After presenting his credentials, he will begin working with his Pakistani counterparts and the Pakistani people to strengthen American-Pakistani relations, increase trade between the two countries, further enhance our security ...
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Remarks of Consul General Zachary V. Harkenrider at the Inauguration of the Muzaffargarh Thermal Power Station

Honorable Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif Additional Chief Secretary Energy Punjab Mhd. Jehanzeb Khan Secretary Water & Power Muhammad Younus Dagha CEO Muzaffargarh Thermal Power Station Rukhsar Qureshi Senior Managers, Colleagues Ladies and Gentlemen Assalam-o-Alaikum and good morning, Today we are commemorating an important milestone along Pakistan’s road back to energy self-sufficiency—the rehabilitation ...
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USAID Mission Director, CM Punjab Inaugurate Rehabilitated Muzaffargarh Power Station

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director to Pakistan, John Groarke, along with Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, USAID Pakistan Director Energy Office Ross Hagan, Consul General Lahore Zachary Harkenrider, and other senior USAID and Government of Pakistan officials, inaugurated the rehabilitated Muzaffargarh Thermal Power Station (MTPS) today. The U.S. Government through ...
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USAID Mission Director and Vice Chancellor BZU Break Ground for the USAID-Funded Faculty of Education building in Multan

Mr. John Groarke, Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development, and Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Tahir Amin performed the groundbreaking ceremony of  the USAID-funded Faculty of Education building at the Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan today. Consul General Lahore, Zachary Harkenrider, and Dr. Nizam Uddin, Chairman Punjab Higher Education Commission, as well as ...
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Remarks for Consul General Zachary Harkenrider Inauguration Ceremony of NTDC Design Department and Real Time Power System Simulator

Wajahat Saeed Rana, GM, Grid System Construction Colleagues from the Energy Policy Program, Trainees of the National Transmission and Despatch Company Design and Planning Departments, Members of the media, Ladies and Gentlemen, Assalam-o- Alaikum, It is an honor for me to be here with you today to celebrate yet another milestone in our partnership with ...
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U.S. Consul General Inaugurates Upgraded Design Department at NTDC

U.S. Consul General Lahore, Zachary Harkenrider, today inaugurated the USAID-funded Design Department and Real Time Power System Simulator (RTPSS) at the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC), WAPDA House Lahore. The upgraded capability of the Design Department will translate into enhanced capacity, improved work quality, and increased efficiency that will result in quicker delivery of ...
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USAID and Punjab Agriculture Department host Seminar on Olive Valley Development in the Potohar Region

Representatives from the public and private sectors, research institutions as well as farmers and potential investors from the Punjab attended a seminar today to discuss opportunities and challenges in the development of an Olive Valley in the Potohar region of Punjab. The Department of Agriculture, Government of Punjab, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded ...
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New York police officers reach out to Lahore police, students

In a program sponsored by the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore, two New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers visited Lahore on October 29, where they met with local police officers and students from both the University of Management and Technology and the Consulate’s English Access Micro-scholarship Program. Lieutenant Adeel Rana and Detective Elvis Vukelj ...
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Remarks for Independence Day Reception Consul General Zachary Harkenrider

The Honorable Chief Minister of the Punjab, Mian Mhd. Shahbaz Sharif Honorable Provincial Ministers Members of National Assembly and Punjab Legislative Assembly, Representatives of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Colleagues, fellow Americans, and friends Assalam Alaikum. I. Welcome to our 2015 National Day Celebration. As you may be aware, we originally planned ...
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Remarks at the Degree Show by Consul General Zachary Harkenrider

Dr. Uzma Qureshi, Vice Chancellor Lahore College for Women University; Professor Ismat Hashmi, Principal Government College for Women, Gulberg; Dr. Rukhsanna Nadeem Bhutta, Principal Post-Graduate College for Women, Samanabad Heads of Fine Arts departments Faculty Students, Distinguished Guests, Assalamu Alaikum. It is an honor to join you today to celebrate the artistic achievements of these ...
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Remarks at the Alfalfa Crop Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Consul General Zachary Harkenrider Green Haven Farm, District Okara, Punjab Mian Moazzam Watoo, CEO Green Haven Farm Mian Manzoor Watoo, President Pakistan Peoples’ Party, Punjab Representatives from S&W Seed Company Members of the Media and Distinguished Guests, Assalaam-u-Alaikum and thank you for the warm welcome. It is an honor to be with you here today ...
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Remarks at the U.S. – Pakistan Partnership for Access to Credit by Consul General Zachary Harkenrider

Mr. Almas Haider, Senior Vice-President of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry Syed Imtiaz Bukhari of J.S. Bank Mr. Saleem Bhatti of Khushali Bank Mr. Khurram Hussain of Bank Alfala Ms. Tania Aizaz of First Microfinance Bank Members of the Media and Distinguished Guests Assalaam-u-Alaikum and thank you for the warm welcome. One of ...
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Remarks at the Inaugural Ceremony of Center for Applied Policy Research in Livestock (CAPRIL)

Dr. Tallat Naseem Pasha, Vice Chancellor University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Dean Dr. Waseem Ahmed Director CAPRIL Dr. Rana Ayub Faculty members and Management of the Center for Applied Policy Research in Livestock Members of the Media and Distinguished Guests, Assalaam-u-Alaikum; Thank you for the warm welcome. Today is an important day for people ...
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U.S. Consul General Launches Access to Credit Initiative for Punjab’s Micro, Small and Medium Sized Businesses

U.S. Consul General in Lahore Zachary Harkenrider highlighted U.S. support for small and medium enterprises at an event marking the Punjab launch of the U.S. – Pakistan Partnership for Access to Credit Program. Supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the program will provide credit to qualified micro, small and medium-sized Pakistani ...
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U.S. Consul General Inaugurates Center for Applied Policy Research in Livestock at UVAS

U.S. Consul General Lahore Zachary Harkenrider and Vice Chancellor University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Dr. Tallat Naseer Pasha inaugurated the Center for Applied Policy Research in Livestock (CAPRIL) at UVAS today. The center was established with support from the USAID-funded Punjab Enabling Environment Project (PEEP) to promote policy and institutional reforms through evidence ...
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Acting U.S. Consul General Erik Martini Inaugurates USAID-Funded Faculty of Education Building in Lahore

Mr. Erik Martini, Acting U.S. Consul General in Lahore, inaugurated a new Faculty of Education building at the University of Education today, highlighting long-term U.S. commitment to education in Pakistan. The building has been funded by the United States Agency for International Development. Vice Chancellor of the Education University Dr. Rauf-i-Azam, Chairman Punjab Higher Education ...
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U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Supports Conservation of Lahore’s 17th Century Chowk Wazir Khan

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture-Pakistan and the U.S. Mission Pakistan celebrated the signing of a cooperative agreement supporting the conservation of the Chowk Wazir Khan, a centerpiece of Lahore’s historic Walled City. A grant under the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation will provide USD 1.1 million to reclaim the chowk’s historic urban square ...
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U.S. Consul General Zachary Harkenrider visits Samadhi of Ranjeet Singh

U.S. Consul General Lahore Zachary Harkenrider visited Gurdwara Dera Sahib and Samadhi of Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh, where he was received by Sham Singh, Chairman of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Ramesh Singh Arora, Member of Provincial Assembly, and Siddiqul Farooq, Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board. In his brief remarks at the site, ...
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Remarks at the launch of MIT Tech Review Pakistan Consul General Zachary Harkenrider

The Honorable Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of Planning, Development and Reform The Honorable Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed – Chairman of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan The Honorable Dr. Umar Saif–Vice Chancellor, Information Technology University and Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen Assalamu alaikum. I am honored to be here with ...
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Remarks to the 6th National Youth Peace Festival

The Honorable Rana Masood Ahmad Khan, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports, Tourism, Government of Punjab The Honorable Shaista Pervaiz Malik, Member of National Assembly The Honorable Sardar Vickas Hassan Mokal, Member of Punjab Provincial Assembly and Chairman of the Punjab Youth Parliamentary Caucus Mr. Mohammad Shahzad Khan, Executive Director of the Chanan Development Association Mr.Qaiser ...
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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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The U.S.-Pakistan Youth Councils 2015

The U.S.-Pakistan Youth Councils is an initiative supported by U.S. Consulate General in Lahore to provide youth from Punjab Province with the platform to inform policy makers in the U.S. Consulate about issues of importance to youth and to contribute to the betterment of their communities. The U.S.-Pakistan Youth Councils offers participants the unique opportunity ...
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U.S. Mission in Pakistan Condemns Attack on Punjab Home Minister

The U.S. Mission in Pakistan strongly condemns the terrorist attack on Punjab Home Minister Col (r) Shuja Khanzada’s offices in Attock and extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims of Sunday’s violence. Such blatant disregard for human life is unacceptable and contrary to the aspirations of the Pakistani people for ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard Olson’s Remarks to Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent

Remarks to Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center APPNA President, Dr. Mubashir Rana, Dr. Asif Mahmoud, Members of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak to you tonight. I ...
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U.S.-Funded Technology Upgrades Improve MEPCO’s Customer Service and Operational Efficiency

U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson inaugurated a U.S.-government funded information technology lab at the Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) Regional Training Center. The information technology lab will train employees in the latest energy sector technology.  Since 2013, MEPCO, with the support of the United States, has adopted new technology that significantly improves customer service ...
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U.S. Consulate Lahore Holds Mapathon for Nepal at Information Technology University

Forty-one students volunteered their time today for a “Mapathon” organized by the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore in collaboration with the Information Technology University and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The students used “open mapping” technology to create maps of roads, bridges, and buildings that will assist international response efforts in Nepal in the ...
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U.S. Showcases Support for Pakistan’s Halal Meat Sector

USAID Director for Punjab Dr. Miles Toder inaugurated the 2015 Pakistan Meat Festival that brought together livestock producers, meat packers, and exporters to network and discuss business development and marketing within the sector. The U.S, government supported the event through the Agribusiness Project of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the ...
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Remarks at Tragic Death of Amjad Iqbal Shah

Consul General Harkenrider: We are extremely saddened by the death today of Amjad Iqbal Shah, a local contract guard working at the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore. Mr. Shah suffered serious injuries when his firearm discharged while he was on duty.  He was immediately taken to a local hospital, where he unfortunately succumbed to his ...
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Remarks at the GEPCO Power Distribution Center Inaugural Ceremony Consul General Zachary Harkenrider

Mr. Zahoor Ahmed Chohan, CEO of the Gujranwala Electric Power Company, GEPCO Staff Colleagues from the Power Distribution Program Members of the Media and Distinguished Guests, As Salam-u-Aleikum and thank you for the warm welcome! It gives me great pleasure to be here today at the inauguration ceremony of the new Power Distribution Center! This ...
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USAID Introduces New Technology to Help Reduce Unscheduled Power Cuts in Gujranwala

U.S. Consul General Lahore, Zachary Harkenrider and the CEO of the Gujranwala Electric Power Company Zahoor Ahmed Chohan inaugurated a new state-of-the-art Power Distribution Center today. The center has been established with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to automate the monitoring and management of power flow throughout the network. This upgrade ...
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Remarks at the Inaugural Ceremony of IT Lab at LESCO

Mr. Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, Additional Chief Secretary (Energy) Government of the Punjab; Mr. Qaisar Zaman, CEO, Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO); Mission Director Greg Gottlieb; Mr. Saqib Jamal, Principal of the Regional Training Center; LESCO Staff; Colleagues from the Power Distribution Program; Members of the Media and Distinguished Guests–Asalam-u-Alaikum! Thank you for the warm welcome! ...
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USAID Mission Director Inaugurates IT Lab at LESCO Training Center

The United States Agency for International Development Mission Director for Pakistan Gregory Gottlieb and CEO of the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) Qaisar Zaman inaugurated an Information Technology (IT) lab established at the LESCO Regional Training Center with USAID’s support. U.S. Consul General in Lahore Zachary Harkenrider and Acting Provincial Director USAID Punjab Maggie Schoch ...
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U.S. Consul General Lahore, Zachary Harkenrider visits Sialkot

U.S. Consul General Lahore, Mr. Zachary Harkenrider, visited Sialkot on April 2, 2015 where he met with Mr. Nadeem Sarwar, District Coordination Officer (DCO), Mr. Nasir Dogar, Project Manager Independent Monitoring Association for Child Labor, and Mr. Fazal Gillani, President of the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the membership of Sialkot Chamber. Consul ...
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Remarks at the Launch of Pakistan Women Entrepreneurship Program (PWEP)

Dr. Sohail Naqvi, Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences; Dr. Ehsan-ul-Haq, Dean of the Suleman Dawood School of Business; Saulat Salahuddin, Managing Partner of Pronto Promo Private Limited; Ayesha Ahmad Mansoor, CEO of Mausummery Textiles Pakistan Limited; Dr. Misbah Tanveer, Project Director for the American University – LUMS partnership program for women ...
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Remarks at the National College of Arts

Principal, National College of Arts Syed Murtaza Jafri; NCA Film and Television Department Head Majid Khan; Distinguished students and faculty of the NCA; fellow guests: As Salam-u-Alaikum, and Good Evening. It’s great to be at NCA. I appreciate the opportunity to address a gathering of such talented artists and young people, and to welcome to ...
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Remarks at the Dawn Sarsabz Agri Expo

Honorable Agriculture Minister of Punjab, Dr. Farrukh Javed; Executive Director, State Bank of Pakistan, Syed Samar Hasnain; Director Marketing Fatima Group, Muhammad Zahir; Director Marketing Dawn Media Group, Masud Hamid and distinguished guests–Assalam u Alaikum. It is an honor for me to be here with you today for this special event.  As many of you ...
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U.S. Showcases Agricultural Partnership at Expo in Lahore

The United States, with a pavilion at the Dawn Sarsabz Agri Expo, showcased its long-standing support for Pakistan’s agriculture sector.  The U.S. Pavilion highlights initiatives to modernize the agriculture sector, improve value chains and market access, increase yields and income for farmers, and ensure the sector’s sustainability.  The two-day exhibition in Lahore, inaugurated today at ...
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U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Inaugurates U.S. – Pakistan Economic Partnership Week

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan today to launch the first-ever U.S. – Pakistan Economic Partnership Week. Her visit is critical to the United States’ overall efforts to boost bilateral trade and investment with Pakistan. Secretary Pritzker met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at his office and joined him in inaugurating ...
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Clarification for the Record

There have been inaccurate statements in the media characterizing the operating status of the Consulates General of the United States in Lahore and Peshawar. For clarification, U.S. Consulate General Lahore and U.S. Consulate General Peshawar are open but have a limited operational status, which does not include provision of consular services, as has been the ...
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Obama’s Call with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Sharif

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan President Obama spoke by phone today with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan to discuss bilateral and regional issues. The two leaders agreed to continue to work together to strengthen U.S.-Pakistan relations and ...
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Remarks at the Launch of Aquaculture Feeding Manual

Chairperson, Punjab Higher Education Commission, Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin; Vice Chancellor, University of Veterinary Sciences Lahore, Dr. Talat Naseer Pasha; Professor of Environmental Science, University of Arizona, Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons; Project Leader, U.S. Department of Agriculture Dr. Otto Gonzales; Country Director, American Soybean Association Pakistan, Dr. Janjua; Distinguished Guests — Assalamu Alaikum. It is an honor ...
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Remarks at the USAID Seminar on Investment Opportunities in Feedlot Fattening Farms in Punjab

Justice (Retd) Khalil Ur Rahman Khan, Chairman Punjab Halal Development Agency; Dr. Saeed Ahmed, Deputy Governor, Islamic Banking Department, State Bank of Pakistan; Mr. Shaun O’Neil, Director, Chemonics International; Mr. Muhammad Junaid, Chief of Party; ladies and gentlemen; distinguished guests– good morning. It is an honor for me to be here with you at the ...
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New Aquaculture Handbook is a Tool for Improving Pakistani Farmer Incomes and Food Security

Pakistan’s fish farmers and entire aquaculture industry now have a new resource to encourage success, the Aquaculture Handbook—Fish Farming and Nutrition in Pakistan. The American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) produced the handbook through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded “FEEDing Pakistan” project. U.S Consul General Mr. Zachary Harkenrider was ...
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USAID and PHDA host Seminar on Investment Opportunities for Feedlot Fattening Farms in Punjab

Representatives from leading banks and potential investors from Punjab participated in a seminar today to discuss investment opportunities in feedlot fattening aimed at enhancing quality beef production in the province. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Punjab Enabling Environment Project (PEEP) and the Punjab Halal Development Agency (PHDA) collaborated in hosting the seminar. ...
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Joint Statement for the Fifth Ministerial level Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue

Pakistan Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Islamabad on January 13, 2015, for the fifth Ministerial level Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue. The last Ministerial level session of the Strategic Dialogue was held in Washington on 27 January 2014. The Adviser ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry Travel to Pakistan

Today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Islamabad, Pakistan, where he will meet with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and co-chair the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue Ministerial with Pakistan’s Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. The Ministerial, the second since the revitalized Strategic Dialogue was announced during Secretary ...
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U.S. and Pakistan Convene 2015 Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism Working Group

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Tina Kaidanow, Interior Secretary Shahid Khan, and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry convened the latest round of the U.S.-Pakistan Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism Working Group today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad. The group discussed various U.S.-Pakistan areas of cooperation, including counterterrorism, rule of law, counter-narcotics, and border ...
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Statement by the President on the Terrorist Attack on the Army Public School in Pakistan

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and loved ones. By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity. We stand with the people ...
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Ambassador Olson Extends Condolences to Families of Army Public School Attack Victims

On behalf of the American people, U.S. Ambassador Richard Olson extends the deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims of Tuesday’s heinous attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. The United States strongly condemns senseless and inhumane attacks on innocent students and educators, and stands in solidarity with the people of ...
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Ambassador Olson’s Statement on the Death of Ambassador Robert Oakley

United States Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson offered condolences on the death of former Ambassador to Pakistan Robert Oakley, who passed away December 10, 2014. “On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, I extend my deep condolences to the family of Ambassador Oakley. A friend of Pakistan and a statesman with a distinguished career ...
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USAID Mission Director Opens New Women’s Hostel at Forman Christian College

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director in Pakistan Gregory Gottlieb unveiled a plaque marking the inauguration of Hope Tower, the USAID-funded Women’s Hostel at Forman Christian College (FCC) here today. FCC Rector Dr. James A. Tebbe, U.S. Consul General in Lahore Zachary Harkenrider and USAID Director in Punjab Jeffrey Bakken accompanied him. The ...
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USAID and Pakistani Partners Develop Lahore Vision 2035, Envisioning a Citizen-Focused City

Following a series of consultative seminars, the Lahore Vision 2035document was presented here today, envisioning sustainable development for Lahore that is people-centric, environment-friendly, equitable and inclusive. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Center for Public Policy and Governance (CPPG) at Forman Christian College, and the Urban Unit of the Government of the ...
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President Breaks Ground for USAID-funded Faculty of Education at Islamia University, Bahawalpur

President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain, today broke ground for a new Faculty of Education building at Islamia University, Bahawalpur, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Representatives from the university and USAID accompanied the President. This facility is one of 16 Faculties of Education buildings that USAID is constructing to train Pakistan’s ...
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U.S. Ambassador and Power Information Technology Company CEO Commemorate Opening of Network Operations Center in Lahore

Ambassador Richard Olson and Power Information Technology Company CEO, Hasan Bokhari, led an inauguration ceremony at the Network Operations Center at the Lahore Water and Power Development Authority Office on Thursday. The facility was established through a partnership between Pakistan’s electricity distribution companies and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It will serve ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on Signing of a Political Agreement Regarding the Electoral Crisis in Afghanistan

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release The United States applauds presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani for signing an agreement on the formation of a government of national unity.  Signing this political agreement helps bring closure to Afghanistan’s political crisis, and restores confidence in the way forward. ...
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United States Congratulates Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on the Agreement on Formation of a Government of National Unity

This was a moment of extraordinary statesmanship. These two men have put the people of Afghanistan first, and they’ve ensured that the first peaceful democratic transition in the history of their country begins with national unity. Americans know very well that the road to democracy is contentious and challenging, but it’s a road that leads ...
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New Non- Immigrant Visa Appointment System

The Embassy and Consulate General of the United States of America in Islamabad and Karachi, Pakistan will transition to a new appointment and document delivery service for the non-immigrant visa unit as of August 24, 2014. This new system, which is being implemented in phases at U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide, is designed to be ...
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Pakistan Independence Day

On behalf of the President of the United States and the American people, I send best wishes to the people and government of Pakistan as you celebrate your Independence Day on August 14. Building stronger ties with the people of Pakistan has long been a personal commitment of mine. In the Senate, I was privileged ...
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Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan

On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world on the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan. A time for self-reflection and devotion through prayer and fasting, Ramadan is also an occasion when Muslims around the world reaffirm their commitment to helping ...
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United States Condemns Attacks on Journalists in Pakistan

Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States condemns the vicious attack on television journalist Hamid Mir in Karachi today, the latest in a series of worrisome attacks on journalists in Pakistan. Freedom of the press, including ensuring that journalists can safely carry out their vital mission, is of paramount ...
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Statement by the President on Ukraine

10:45 A.M. EDT The President: Good morning, everybody. In recent months, as the citizens of Ukraine have made their voices heard, we have been guided by a fundamental principle — the future of Ukraine must be decided by the people of Ukraine. That means Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected, and international law ...
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2014 U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue Ministerial Joint Statement

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Pakistan Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, accompanied by a high-level delegation, met in Washington on January 27, 2014, for the Ministerial meeting of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue.  The first Ministerial since the revitalized Strategic Dialogue was announced during Secretary Kerry’s ...
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Remarks at the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue

Secretary Kerry: Please, everybody. Well, good morning to all, to our friends from Pakistan, As-Salaam Alaikum. We’re very happy to welcome you here to Washington. A little cold, but at least it’s not snowing today. It’s a great pleasure for me to welcome Mr. Aziz and his team to the State Department for this strategic dialogue. ...
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President Obama on U.S. Signals Intelligence Review

Remarks by the President on Review of Signals Intelligence Department of Justice Washington, D.C. 11:15 A.M. EST The President: At the dawn of our Republic, a small, secret surveillance committee borne out of the “The Sons of Liberty” was established in Boston. And the group’s members included Paul Revere. At night, they would patrol the streets, ...
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