Cancellation of all Consular Appointments for Monday, January 30, 2023

The Office of the District Magistrate, Islamabad Capital Territory, Islamabad has issued a notification declaring Monday, January 30, 2023, a local holiday within the revenue limits of the Islamabad Capital Territory. Due to expected disruptions to local traffic, the U.S. Embassy’s consular section is cancelling all appointments in Islamabad for that day for all Immigrant …

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United States Organizes U.S.-Pakistani Diaspora Engagement Conference in Islamabad

Islamabad, January 25, 2023:  At a U.S.-Pakistani diaspora conference today in Islamabad, United States Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Andrew Schofer highlighted the valuable contributions of the U.S.-Pakistani diaspora, which is a key partner in the humanitarian, social, and commercial sectors in Pakistan. Deputy Chief of Mission Schofer highlighted the longstanding U.S.-Pakistan partnership to advance …

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United States Partners with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Food and Agriculture Organization to Boost Agricultural Livelihoods

Islamabad, January 25, 2023 – U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Andrew Schofer, today joined U.S. Embassy Director of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Lori Antolinez, Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative Florence Rolle, and KP Special Secretary of Agriculture Department Janat Gul to celebrate the successful completion of a $477,876 project to benefit …

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Expansion of Interview Waiver Eligibility for U.S. Visa Holders from Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, January 12, 2023 – The United States Mission in Pakistan is pleased to announce the expansion of interview waiver eligibility at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi for Pakistani citizens who are renewing B1/B2 tourist and business visas.  All Pakistani citizens, regardless of age, whose B1/B2 visas are …

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United States Provided Nearly $60 Million in 2022 for Afghan Refugees in Pakistan and Pakistani Host Communities

Islamabad, January 5, 2023:  “The United States is grateful to Pakistan for generously hosting Afghan refugees for more than four decades, and we are proud to continue our support for this worthwhile cause,” said U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome. Since 2002, the United States has provided more than $273 million (nearly Rs 62 billion) in humanitarian …

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UNITED STATES CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF PAKISTAN-U.S. FRIENDSHIP WITH PUBLIC ILLUMINATION

Islamabad – January 3, 2023:  The United States Embassy in Islamabad is marking 75 years of bilateral partnership with Pakistan by illuminating the building at One Constitution Avenue in the capital.  The illumination starts the evening of January 3rd and will continue through January 11th. Using innovative technology pioneered by partner organization 3D Illumination, the …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location: Countrywide Event: U.S. government staff prohibited from visiting Islamabad’s Marriott Hotel due to possible attack The U.S. government is aware of information that unknown individuals are possibly plotting to attack Americans at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad sometime during the holidays.  Effective immediately, the Embassy in Islamabad is prohibiting all American staff from visiting …

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United States Organizes U.S.-Pakistani Diaspora Engagement Conference in Islamabad

Islamabad, December 20, 2022: At a U.S.-Pakistani diaspora conference today in Islamabad, United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Andrew Schofer emphasized that the United States considers the U.S.-Pakistani diaspora as a key partner in the humanitarian, social, and commercial sectors in Pakistan. The United States Mission in Pakistan, through the United States Agency for International Development …

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U.S. Central Command Commander General Michael E. Kurilla Visits Pakistan to Reaffirm Security Ties

Islamabad, December 16, 2022 – Commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), General Michael E. Kurilla, visited Islamabad from December 14-16 to hold meetings with Pakistani military leadership. General Kurilla met with Chief of Army Staff, General Asim Munir, to conduct a review of troops and discuss bilateral security cooperation and efforts to promote regional stability. …

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United States and Sindh Government Inaugurate a New Secondary School in Karachi

Karachi, December 13, 2022 – United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Reed Aeschliman and Sindh Education Minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah inaugurated a new high school in Karachi, constructed through the U.S. Government-funded Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP). The newly constructed Government Secondary School in Karachi’s Orangi Town offers students and faculty …

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The U.S. Government Support of Pakistani English Language Teachers Builds Stronger Links Between the U.S. and Pakistan.

The U.S. Mission in Pakistan welcomed over 700 English language professionals and university students to the OPEN English Language Expo 2022, a three-day conference held at Greenwich University Karachi.  The Expo’s theme was “Emerging Technologies in English Language Education”.  English language teachers and students from Sindh and Balochistan provinces attended and participated in workshops, presentations, …

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U.S. Consulate Karachi Celebrates Human Rights Day and Conclusion of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi marked the conclusion of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence with a community discussion to mark Human Rights Day and to commemorate the final day of the global campaign.  Consulate officials including Acting Consul General Liam O’Flanagan attended the event and affirmed their support for policies that address …

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PRINCIPAL DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY ELIZABETH HORST VISITS PAKISTAN TO DISCUSS U.S. SUPPORT FOR PAKSTAN’S FLOOD RECOVERY

Islamabad, December 9, 2022:  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Elizabeth Horst visited Islamabad December 8-9 to discuss U.S. support for Pakistan’s flood recovery with government leaders.  She also spoke with members of Pakistan’s civil society to discuss initiatives to combat gender-based violence, as well as strategies to ensure underserved communities are represented …

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U.S. and KP Governments Help Farmers Adopt Higher Value Crops, Improve Irrigation Systems, and Reduce Flood Risk in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Islamabad, December 08, 2022 – The U.S. Embassy to Pakistan and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Planning and Development Department jointly launched a new development project worth $1 million to provide  training for farmers, improve irrigation systems, and increase household income in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This U.S. assistance will fund 200 training courses targeting approximately 4,000 farmers, with …

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The U.S. Government Continues to Assist Pakistan in the Fight Against COVID-19-Related Illnesses

Islamabad, December 7, 2022: The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), donated $7.5 million worth of medical oxygen supplies to the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination.  The support will also provide training to 163 hospitals throughout Pakistan to increase their capability to treat patients suffering from severe COVID-19 …

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U.S. Embassy Statement: Genetically Engineered Crops Are Safe, Can Survive Floods, and Slow Climate Change

The United States is proud of its long and fruitful agricultural trade relationship with Pakistan.  This relationship has grown stronger as we have taken advantage of scientific advancements in biology and farming.   This includes genetically engineered (GE) crops. Soybeans are one GE crop that Pakistan imports from the United States.  We are confident that the …

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United States Funded Hydropower Project Brings Light to Pakistani Homes

Islamabad, December 5, 2022:  U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome joined Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif at Mangla Hydro Power Station today to celebrate completion of a $150 Million U.S.-funded project to refurbish and improve the station’s power generation capacity. The project adds 300 megawatts of additional power to the station’s capacity, enough to provide power to 100,000 …

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United States Partners with UN Food and Agriculture Organization to Support Flood-Affected Pakistani Farmers

ISLAMABAD – December 1, 2022: U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome announced today that the United States, in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), delivered $8 million of assistance to Pakistani farmers affected by the devastating 2022 floods.  This effort is part of the $97 million of U.S. flood-related assistance to Pakistan this year, …

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U.S.-PAKISTAN EFFORT TO ELEVATE THE HIGHER EDUCATION SECTOR

Islamabad, November 30, 2022: United States Ambassador Donald Blome joined officials from the University of Utah and the Federal Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, to inaugurate the International Summit on Higher Education and Workforce Development today. The summit was organized by the U.S.-funded Higher Education System Strengthening Activity (HESSA) and …

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U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome Highlights Broad Partnership with the People of Balochistan Province

Islamabad, November 23, 2022 – U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome visited Quetta, Balochistan, on November 23 to meet with Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, local partners working to advance climate change adaptation, representatives of higher education institutions, leaders of local NGOs, and Afghan refugees. During his visit, Ambassador Blome discussed U.S. efforts to combat the effects …

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The United States’ Partnership with the People of Balochistan Province

The United States has a broad, deep, and long-term partnership with the people of Balochistan Province spanning the education, economic, health, and rule of law sectors and beyond. Responding to Disasters In response to the devastating 2022 floods, the United States is working through United Nations and NGO partners to provide food, cash, shelter, nutrition …

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2023 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation – Call for Concept Notes for Sindh and Balochistan

The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation is the U.S. government’s flagship program to promote cultural heritage preservation and protection worldwide. U.S. Consulate in Karachi is accepting concept notes for 2023 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).   Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: US $10,000 per project  Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards: US $500,000 per project   Deadline …

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U.S. Ambassador Blome Announces $30 Million in Additional Flood Assistance While Visiting Sindh Province

Shikarpur, October 27, 2022: U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome announced today an additional $30 million in humanitarian assistance to support flood-affected populations in Pakistan. This new funding brings the United States total assistance to Pakistan for flood response, food security, and disaster preparedness and capacity building efforts to $97 million this year. Ambassador Blome made the …

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United States Delivers Additional 8 Million Pfizer COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccine Doses

Islamabad, October 7, 2022: The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and in partnership with the Government of Pakistan, has delivered an additional batch of 8 million Pfizer COVID-19 pediatric vaccine doses to Pakistan. This shipment increases the United States’ donation to more than 78 million safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses to the people of Pakistan, including …

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U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome Visits AJK to Strengthen U.S.-Pakistan Trade and People-to-People Ties

Islamabad, October 5, 2022 – Ambassador Donald Blome visited Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) October 2-4 to promote the U.S.-Pakistan partnership and highlight the two countries’ deep economic, cultural, and people-to-people ties. During his visit, Ambassador Blome met with AJK Prime Minister Tanveer Ilyas and academic, business, cultural, and civil society representatives. In Muzaffarabad, Ambassador …

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UNITED STATES AND PAKISTAN HONOR 75 YEARS OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

Islamabad, September 29, 2022 – The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad hosted a diplomatic reception to commemorate the 75th anniversary of bilateral relations between the United States and Pakistan.  Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was the guest of honor, representing the people and government of Pakistan.  This pivotal anniversary of diplomatic relations offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on …

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U.S. Embassy Islamabad and Quaid-i-Azam University Host 16th American Studies Conference

Islamabad, September 14-15, 2022 – The Area Studies Centre for Africa, North and South America at Quaid-i-Azam University and the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad co-hosted a two-day conference on “Seventy-Five Years of U.S.-Pakistan Relations.” The purpose of the conference was to commemorate the 75 years of bilateral ties between the two countries. Conference participants discussed ways …

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The United States and Pakistan Host Private Sector Forum in South Punjab

Multan – September 14, 2022:  The United States Government, in partnership with the Punjab Provincial Government opened the two-day Private Sector Forum to unleash private sector investment opportunities in key sectors in South Punjab. Hosted at the Mian Nawaz Sharif University in Multan, participants included members of the South Punjab private sector, key government of …

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U.S. Embassy Partners and U.S-Pakistan Women’s Council to Launch Pakistan Future of Women and Work Initiative

Islamabad (September 14, 2022) – In partnership with Texas A&M University, S&P Global, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Pakistan Business Council, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the U.S.-Pakistan Women’s Council (USPWC) launched the Pakistan Future of Women and Work Initiative in Islamabad on September 13. The launch event highlighted a study on the …

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U.S. State Department Counselor Derek Chollet and Interagency Delegation Visit Pakistan to Demonstrate Continued Support for U.S.-Pakistan Partnership

Islamabad (September 11, 2022) – Counselor of the U.S. Department of State Derek Chollet and a delegation of senior U.S. government officials from the Department of State, Department of Defense, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the White House National Security Council visited Islamabad and Karachi September 7-9 to meet with senior government officials, civil society …

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United States Military Begins Airlift of Critical Flood Relief Items to Pakistan

Islamabad, September 9, 2022: United States Central Command, in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has begun airlifting life-saving humanitarian supplies to support people and communities affected by ongoing, severe flooding in Pakistan.  The supplies include nearly $2.2 million worth of essential life support resources, including food preparation and shelter materials, which …

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U.S. CONSUL GENERAL KARACHI NICOLE THERIOT PAYS RESPECTS TO QUAID-E-AZAM

Karachi, Pakistan, September 1, 2022:  U.S. Consul General Karachi Nicole Theriot visited the Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and paid her respects to the founder of Pakistan.  Consul General Theriot laid a floral wreath at the Mausoleum and signed the guestbook on behalf of the people of the United States. Consul General Nicole Theriot …

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United States Donates Additional Nine Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Islamabad, August 27, 2022 – As part of the U.S. commitment to provide 77 million doses of U.S. COVID-19 vaccines to Pakistan, an additional nine million pediatric and adult doses from the United States—in partnership with COVAX— began arriving on August 26. The United States is the single largest donor of COVID-19 vaccines to Pakistan.  In …

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United States Provides $1 million Disaster Assistance For Sindh Farmers, Federal and Provincial Disaster Management Authorities

Karachi (August 12, 2022)– The U.S. government today announced a new $1 million grant in support of Pakistan’s ability to address natural disasters, such as the ongoing flooding. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), this humanitarian assistance will build the resilience of agricultural communities in Sindh Province, and support Pakistan’s disaster management …

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U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome Pays Respects to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah

KARACHI (August 11, 2022) – U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome visited the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and paid his respects to the founder of Pakistan ahead of Pakistan’s 75th Independence Day.  Ambassador Blome laid a floral wreath at the mausoleum and signed the guestbook on behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. Ambassador Blome …

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FACTSHEET: U.S. GOVERNMENT AND AMERICAN PRIVATE SECTOR IMPACTS IN KP’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ASSISTANCE

Infrastructure:  Through a donation of $130 million from the American people and in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan, the U.S. government completed the Gomal Zam Dam, which resulted in augmenting Pakistan’s energy capacity by 17 megawatts – enough capacity to power over 20,000 homes.  The project at Gomal Zam Dam enabled local farmers in …

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U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome Highlights U.S. Economic and Development Assistance in Visit to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Peshawar – August 5, 2022 – U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome visited Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on August 3 and 4 to highlight the U.S. government’s extensive economic and development assistance, which has benefited the residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over the past 75 years of bilateral relations.  During his trip, Ambassador Blome called upon Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and …

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U.S. Embassy organizes 3-day conference for over 500 English language professionals from across Pakistan

Islamabad, August 1, 2022: Acting Country Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad Aaron Tarver concluded the 3-day OPEN Alumni Conference 2022 with more than 500 English language professionals from across Pakistan.  The conference theme, “Fostering Intercultural Competence (ICC) in the EFL Classroom,” promoted ICC as an essential aspect of English language teaching …

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189 PAKISTANIS RECEIVE FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MASTER’S AND PHD DEGREES IN THE UNITED STATES

Islamabad, July 29, 2022 – To promote educational and cultural exchange between the United States and Pakistan, 189 students have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue advanced studies and research at leading U.S. universities.  The awardees will start their higher education journey at 82 universities this fall in various disciplines, including environmental studies, energy …

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Undergraduate Students Prepare for Semester Exchange Journey in the USA

Islamabad, July 27, 2022 – Approximately 50 Pakistani undergraduate students received scholarships from the American Government to study in the United States for one semester under the Undergraduate Semester Exchange (UGRAD) Program for Pakistan.  During their stay in the USA, the students will attend undergraduate classes at 42 colleges and universities, participate in workshops to develop …

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The United States to Donate 16 Million Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccines to Pakistan

Islamabad, July 27, 2022 – U.S. COVID-19 vaccine donations to Pakistan will surpass 77 million doses following an agreement to ship 16 million pediatric doses from the United States to Pakistan in partnership with COVAX.  The new donation was announced at the conclusion of the first U.S.-Pakistan Health Dialogue in Washington, D.C.  An additional $20 million …

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Two Hundred Women Students from Newly Merged Districts Graduate from U.S. Embassy-funded English Works! Program

Islamabad, July 22, 2022 – At a graduation ceremony today, Ambassador Donald Blome congratulated 200 women students from KP who successfully completed the U.S. Embassy-sponsored English Works! Program. Two hundred women students of the English Works! Program hosted by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University (SBBWU) Peshawar successfully completed this six-month program that improves English proficiency, …

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PAKISTAN STARTUP CUP’S GRAND FINALE HOSTED BY TiE ISLAMABAD AND THE U.S. EMBASSY

Islamabad, July 21, 2022 – The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Islamabad joined forces with the United States Embassy in Islamabad to host the Grand Finale of the 2022 Pakistan Startup Cup at the Islamabad Marriott Hotel. The Pakistan Startup Cup is a local business model competition designed to increase the quality and quantity of entrepreneurs throughout …

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U.S. EMBASSY AND NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY OPEN NEW LINCOLN CORNER

ISLAMABAD, July 14 – In his first visit to a university in Pakistan, U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome joined the Rector of the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Javed Mahmood Bukhari to inaugurate Pakistan’s newest Lincoln Corner.  During the event, the U.S. Embassy Islamabad and NUST representatives signed a Memorandum of Understanding to operate …

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READOUT: Secretary Blinken’s Call with Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release July 6, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. The Secretary welcomed the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Pakistan and reaffirmed our …

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United States Donates Four Mobile Laboratories to Strengthen Pakistan’s COVID-19 Testing

Islamabad, July 6 – The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), presented four mobile laboratories valued at $4.6 million to Pakistan’s National Institute of Health to strengthen Pakistan’s capacity to diagnose COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.  The state-of-the-art facilities will improve the accuracy of diagnoses, reduce testing turnaround time, and better …

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U.S. SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE SYED: WE MUST SEIZE OPPORTUNITY TO BOOST COMMERCIAL AND ECONOMIC TIES

Islamabad, July 3, 2022: U.S. Special Representative (S/R) for Commercial and Business Affairs Dilawar Syed visited Islamabad July 1-3 as part of a multi-city trip to Pakistan. During his visit, S/R Syed underscored the U.S. government’s commitment to growing U.S.-Pakistan commercial and economic ties. In his meetings with Pakistan’s Ministers of Finance, Commerce, and Foreign …

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U.S. Mission Pakistan Celebrates Pakistani Women for Completing Inaugural USPWC Future of Women in Energy Scholars Program

Islamabad, July 3, 2022:  U.S. Agency for International Development Mission Director Reed Aeschliman presided over a graduation ceremony for 17 female Pakistani university students who successfully completed the U.S.-Pakistan Women’s Council (USPWC) Future of Women in Energy Scholar’s pilot program. The graduation ceremony took place at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. This inaugural four-week program …

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U.S. ASSISTANT SECRETARY TODD ROBINSON COMMEMORATES 40 YEARS OF INL PROGRAMS WITH A VISIT TO PAKISTAN

Islamabad, July 2, 2022:  Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Todd D. Robinson visited Islamabad June 29 – July 2 to discuss the U.S.-Pakistani partnership, highlighting the 75th anniversary of bilateral relations. During his visit, Assistant Secretary Robinson met with senior government officials to discuss U.S.-Pakistan cooperation on several …

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U.S. AND FC KPK OFFICIALS INAUGURATE NEW TRAINING FACILITIES, SIGN AGREEMENT FOR $10.5 MILLION PROJECTS

Islamabad, July 1,2022:  United States Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Todd D. Robinson and the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan INL Section Director Mark Tervakoski joined Inspector General of Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa South Major General Muhammad Munir Afsar, Deputy Inspector General of Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa North Major Brigadier …

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Expansion of Interview Waiver Eligibility for U.S. Visa Holders from Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, July 1, 2022 – The United States Mission in Pakistan is pleased to announce the expansion of interview waiver eligibility at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi for Pakistani citizens who are renewing B1/B2 tourist and business visas.  Pakistani citizens of ages 45 and older and whose B1/B2 …

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Assistant Secretary Robinson’s Travel to Pakistan

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson MEDIA NOTE June 28, 2022 Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Todd D. Robinson will travel to Pakistan from June 29 – July 2 to discuss international law enforcement and counternarcotics initiatives. While in Pakistan, Assistant Secretary Robinson …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN: Assistance for Afghanistan to Respond to June 22 Earthquake

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson June 28, 2022 The devastating June 22 earthquake that struck in eastern Afghanistan intensified the ongoing humanitarian crisis the Afghan people have endured for too long. U.S.-funded partners on the ground responded rapidly with medical care, and President Biden directed an assessment of additional needs in the …

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U.S. EMBASSY LAUNCHES ACADEMY FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS 2022

Islamabad – June 11, 2022:  U.S. Embassy Islamabad’s Counselor for Commercial Affairs John Coronado congratulated more than 115 Pakistani women entrepreneurs on their selection to the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) 2022 in a virtual launch event on June 11.  This U.S. training program supports women worldwide in building their own businesses.  Its launch in …

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United States Ambassador Donald Blome Congratulates Pakistani Students Heading to the United States to Study Comparative Policymaking

Islamabad, June 10, 2022:  U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome met with a group of 44 students from across Pakistan to congratulate them on their imminent departure for the United States to attend the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders program, funded by the U.S. Department of State.  Participants will attend an …

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17 Pakistani Female University Students Selected for Participation in Future of Women in Energy Scholars Program

Islamabad, June 3:  U.S. Mission Pakistan is excited to announce the start of the U.S.-Pakistan Women’s Council’s (USPWC) inaugural four-week Future of Women in Energy Scholars Program.  Starting June 5, 17 bright Pakistani women university students will participate in this certificate program to learn about working in the energy sector.  This program will foster women’s …

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USAID Administrator Samantha Power At The Society for International Development-US Annual Conference

For Immediate Release May 26, 2022 REMARKS  Ronald Reagan Building, Washington D.C. ADMINISTRATOR POWER: Good morning, everybody, it’s great to join you here. Wade, thank you for your leadership, thank you for that introduction. As someone who once indeed did serve in the role I am now privileged to hold, you’re one of the few …

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The Administration’s Approach to the People’s Republic of China

SPEECH ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON, D.C. MAY 26, 2022 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thank you.  Good morning. It’s a real pleasure to be here at The George Washington University.  This is an institution that draws outstanding students and scholars from around the world and where the most urgent challenges that we face as a country and …

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EXPANSION OF INTERVIEW WAIVER ELIGIBILITY FOR VISA APPLICANTS FROM PAKISTAN

Islamabad, May 24, 2022 – The United States Mission to Pakistan is pleased to announce the expansion of interview waiver eligibility at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi for certain applicants of F (student) visas, J (exchange visitor) visas in academic programs, H (temporary worker visas), and non-blanket L …

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U.S. Embassy Islamabad Announces Arrival of Ambassador Donald Blome

Islamabad, May 23, 2022 – Ambassador Donald Blome began his assignment at the United States Embassy in Islamabad today.  Ambassador Blome will lead the United States Mission in Pakistan in its ongoing efforts to deepen connections between the Pakistani and American people and work with the government of Pakistan towards a more stable, secure, and …

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100 STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM U.S. ENGLISH WORKS! PROGRAM AT NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF MODERN LANGUAGES

Islamabad, May 23, 2022 – Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Ray Castillo attended the graduation ceremony for 100 English Works! students at National University of Modern Languages (NUML) on May 18. The U.S. English Works! Program provides a foundation of English language and vocational skills to deserving youth, aged 17-25.  The six-month, 240-hour program boosts …

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PAKISTANI STARS PARTNER WITH UNITED STATES ON MUSIC VIDEO PROMOTING COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

Islamabad – May 14, 2022:  The United States Government is proud to partner with Cannes-nominated film director-producer Sarmad Khoosat and an all-star cast to produce “Manzil,” a new song promoting COVD-19 vaccinations and booster shots. The song and video complement the U.S. government’s donation to Pakistan so far of over 61 million doses of COVID-19 …

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U.S. EMBASSY AND UAJK CELEBRATE 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF LINCOLN CORNER MUZAFFARABAD

Islamabad, May 12, 2022: U.S. Embassy’s Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Raymond Castillo and Vice Chancellor Dr. Kaleem Abbasi joined faculty and students to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the Lincoln Corner at the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Muzaffarabad and to renew its Memorandum of Understanding for another two years.  Established in …

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THE UNITED STATES AND PAKISTAN LAUNCH AN INITIATIVE TO STRENGTHEN HIGHER EDUCATION

Islamabad, May 12, 2022:  The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is partnering with the Pakistani government to launch a $19 million, five-year program to improve Pakistan’s higher education system and increase the employability of university graduates.  This is another example of the breadth of cooperation between the United …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Pakistani Foreign Minister Bhutto Zardari

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and reiterated the desire to strengthen our broad-based bilateral relationship. The Secretary underscored the resolute U.S.-Pakistan commitment to Afghan stability and combatting terrorism. The Secretary and Foreign Minister also highlighted ongoing engagement …

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On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

05/02/2022 09:54 AM EDT Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State On behalf of the United States of America, I extend my warmest greetings to Muslims and all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr in the United States and around the globe. This celebration marks the completion of Ramadan, a month of fasting, reflection, charity, and generosity.  Eid …

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THE UNITED STATES AND PAKISTAN EXPAND GREEN ENERGY AND IMPROVE POWER SUPPLY

Islamabad – April 22, 2022: The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is partnering with the Pakistani government to launch a $23.5 million, four-year power sector improvement project to address climate change and increase the share of green energy in Pakistan’s energy mix. Through technical assistance to the government …

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The United States Donates Additional COVID-19 Vaccines to Pakistan, Now Totaling 61.5 Million Doses

Islamabad, April 11, 2022 – With the delivery of the most recent tranche of 4.7 million Pfizer vaccines on April 10, the United States has now donated over 61.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Pakistan.  The close coordination between the United States and Pakistani authorities, doctors, nurses, and logistics professionals has produced tangible, life-saving …

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Consul General Mark Stroh Tours Northern Sindh, Strengthens U.S. Pakistan Bilateral Relations

Karachi, April 1, 2022 – The Consul General of the United States in Karachi, Mark Stroh, visited Northern Sindh from March 27 to 31.  During his visit, Consul General Stroh met with the Sindh Secretary for Culture, Tourism, Antiquities, and Archives Abdul Rahim Soomro, Managing Director of Continental Biscuits Limited Hasan Ali Khan, Chief Executive Officer …

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THE UNITED STATES HELPS IMPROVE WATER AND SANITATION SERVICES IN KP AND SINDH

Islamabad, March 31, 2022:  The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), today launched a four-year water and sanitation initiative that will provide safe drinking water to 70,000 residents in two districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces. This new …

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U.S. EMBASSY OPENS EXPANDED LINCOLN CORNER AT FATIMA JINNAH WOMEN UNIVERSITY

Islamabad, March 31, 2022:  U.S. Embassy Islamabad’s Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Raymond Castillo and Vice Chancellor Dr. Saima Hamid joined faculty and students to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated and expanded Susan B. Anthony Reading Room, a Lincoln Corner at Fatima Jinnah Women University in Rawalpindi.  Mr. Castillo and Dr. Hamid also …

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Karachi – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Sindh’s (GoS) Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Node brought together Pakistani education leaders for a A National Conference on Public Private Partnerships in Education. The conference builds on the U.S.-Pakistan partnership to provide millions of children and young adults the opportunity to learn and …

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KARACHI (March 25, 2022) – U.S. Chargé d’affaires a.i. Angela P. Aggeler visited Karachi on March 23-25.  During her visit, Chargé Aggeler met with Governor of Sindh Imran Ismail, Port Qasim Authority Chairman Hasan Nasir Shah, industry leaders, and professional female athletes to promote and strengthen the many ties between the United States and Pakistan …

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Islamabad, March 23, 2022:  The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad extends its best wishes to the Pakistani people on the occasion of Pakistan Day and announces the launch, in partnership with Pakistan, of a joint campaign to celebrate the 75th anniversary of our bilateral relations.  Chargé d’affaires Angela P. Aggeler noted: “This year marks the 75th …

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U.S. Embassy Partners with PUAN and NUST for Expert Training on Air Quality

Islamabad, March 18, 2022 – Twenty-two environmental professionals from across Pakistan completed a U.S.-funded three-day master class on “Approaches to Air Quality and the Environment.”  The Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) and the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad organized the event in collaboration with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the university’s Professional Development …

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Chargé Aggeler Praises U.S.-Pakistan Partnership in Fighting COVID-19

Islamabad, March 16, 2022:  U.S. Embassy Islamabad Chargé d’affaires Angela P. Aggeler visited the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on March 16 to recognize Pakistan’s strong achievements in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.  In a meeting with Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Mr. Asad Umar, and the Special Assistant to the Prime …

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Karachi, March 10, 2022:  U.S. Consulate General Karachi hosted meetings between the visiting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (AUSTR) for South and Central Asia Christopher Wilson and representatives from the American Business Council, the Pakistan Business Council, and Pakistan’s financial, textile and apparel, and agricultural sectors. In meetings with the visiting delegation and representatives from different …

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Islamabad, March 8, 2022:  The U.S. Embassy held a virtual roundtable March 7 to discuss best practices for boosting supplier diversity and inclusion with Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South and Central Asia Christopher Wilson.  Executives and procurement heads of major U.S. and Pakistani corporations participated as roundtable speakers. WEConnect International – a member-led global …

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Islamabad, March 7, 2022:  U.S. Embassy Islamabad Chargé d’affaires Angela P. Aggeler hosted a roundtable bringing together leaders of major U.S. and Pakistani businesses with Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (AUSTR) for South and Central Asia Christopher Wilson. Chargé d’affaires Aggeler highlighted the importance of strengthening the U.S.-Pakistani economic relationship.  “For years, the United States has …

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ISLAMABAD, March 7, 2022:  For the first time in three years, the U.S. and Pakistan Air Forces held a joint exercise, Falcon Talon 2022, at a Pakistan Operational Air Force Base from February 26-March 4 to further U.S. and Pakistani security cooperation objectives in the region.  Chargé d’affaires Angela P. Aggeler and visiting Director of …

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Islamabad, February 23, 2022:  The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), in partnership with the U.S. government, launched an innovative online platform to digitize pharmaceutical imports and exports that will increase efficiency, transparency, and accountability.  The system will improve the business environment for the pharmaceutical industry, and support Pakistan’s efforts to attract investment in the …

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Islamabad, February 16, 2022:  Today marks a new milestone in the 75 years of the U.S.-Pakistani relationship with the groundbreaking of the first permanent headquarters for the U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP). U.S. Embassy Islamabad Chargé d’affaires Angela P. Aggeler noted: “Today’s ground-breaking is just the next step in the tremendous work of USEFP …

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Islamabad, February 9, 2022 – U.S. donations of COVID-19 vaccines to Pakistan surpassed 50 million doses this week, as Washington continues its commitment to deliver life-saving vaccines to the people of Pakistan. “With the shipment of an additional 4.7 million Pfizer vaccine doses this week, U.S.-donated vaccines to Pakistan have now reached over 52 million,” …

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Islamabad, February 07, 2022 – The United States Mission to Pakistan is pleased to announce the expansion of interview waiver eligibility for Pakistani citizens renewing B1/B2 tourism and business visas at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi.  Pakistani citizens of ages 60 and older whose B1/B2 visas are valid …

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U.S. 5th Fleet Ships Join Pakistan Navy to Prepare for Combined Maritime Security Operation

KARACHI, Pakistan – U.S. patrol coastal ships USS Squall and USS Whirlwind visited Karachi, Pakistan, for a scheduled port visit January 25-26.  While in Karachi, the crewmembers conducted visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training with the Pakistan Navy in preparation for a combined maritime security operation in the North Arabian Sea. “We are extremely excited to visit Pakistan as we build our relationship and sharpen our competitive edge in a very dynamic …

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Islamabad, December 25, 2021:  The United States asked Santa to bring an additional 5 million doses of the life-saving Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility to Pakistan, just in time for the holidays.  This donation, which should arrive on Christmas Day or shortly thereafter, brings the total number of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the …

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UNITED STATES COVID-19 VACCINE DONATIONS TO PAKISTAN EXCEED 32 MILLION

Islamabad, December 22, 2021:  To continue our shared efforts to combat COVID-19, the United States has shipped five million more doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to Pakistan.  This donation brings the total number of COVID-19 vaccines provided by the U.S. government to the Pakistani people to more than 32.6 million. These Pfizer vaccines are part …

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U.S. Embassy Inaugurates Maker Lab at the National Library of Pakistan

Islamabad, November 29, 2021: U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Minister Counselor Ray Castillo and Joint Secretary Muhammad Mureed Rahimoon of the National Heritage and Cultural Division inaugurated a “Maker Lab” within the Lincoln Reading Lounge at the National Library of Pakistan.  The space will serve as a tech lab that will provide young Pakistani inventors, entrepreneurs, …

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U.S. Embassy Partners with Pakistani Women’s Rights Activist to Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign

U.S. Embassy Islamabad, November 24, 2021–  In honor of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV), the U.S. government, through the Public Affairs section of U.S. Embassy Islamabad, awarded a grant to women’s rights activist and social media influencer Kanwal Ahmed to …

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U.S. Embassy Islamabad Launches Next Set of Popular English Classes for 4,000 Students

ISLAMABAD, November 22, 2021 – In celebration of International Education Week, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad’s Regional English Language Office is pleased to announce the next set of classes for the English Access Microscholarship Program and the English for Workforce Development Program in Pakistan. The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) is a global program that …

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U.S. GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTES $7 MILLION TO ADDRESS COVID-19 EFFECTS IN PAKISTAN

ISLAMABAD, November 18, 2021 – The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will contribute $7 million to the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) ongoing project to address the secondary effects of COVID-19 in Pakistan. USAID Mission Director Julie Koenen and ADB Country Director Yong Ye attended a signing ceremony yesterday …

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U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West Visits Pakistan

Islamabad, November 13, 2021 – U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West visited Islamabad November 11-13.  In meetings of the extended Troika, participants discussed the way forward on Afghanistan.  West also held bilateral meetings with Pakistani government officials in which both parties emphasized the importance of pressing the Taliban to uphold its commitments to counterterrorism, the right of free passage …

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Pakistani Delegation Travels to United States to Collaborate on ICT Sector Development

Islamabad, November 10, 2021: Fifteen Pakistan parliamentarians, officials, and civil society members discussed international best practices for information and communication technology (ICT) governance during a recent visit to Washington, D.C., organized and funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP).    Pakistani participants met with U.S. counterparts and discussed the opportunities and challenges of regulating the ICT sector.  The delegation …

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Islamabad, November 9, 2021:  U.S. Embassy Islamabad celebrated 59 successful Pakistani entrepreneurs during Global Entrepreneurship Week.  Together, these 59 grant recipients are on track to create 3,552 new full-time jobs, generate $21 million in revenue, and leverage $4.8 million in private sector investment.  At a virtual event today, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, through the …

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UNITED STATES AND PAKISTAN LAUNCH SINGLE PLATFORM TO LOWER COSTS, DECREASE DELAYS, AND STRENGTHEN TRADE

Islamabad, November 1, 2021:  The United States and Pakistan successfully launched the first phase of the Pakistan Single Window project, which aims to boost trade by lowering costs, decreasing paperwork delays, and making it easier to import and export commodities with Pakistan.  This will benefit businesses and consumers.  The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency …

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U.S. ACADEMY FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS’ SEED FUNDING ENABLES GRADUATES TO GROW BUSINESSES

Islamabad, October 29, 2021: Over 30 participants competed for seed funding for their businesses at the first U.S. Mission Pakistan Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program on October 28.  A panel of judges selected the top three proposals after reviewing their business plans and hearing their pitches.  Each winner will receive $5,000, $4,000, and $3,000, respectively, …

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UNITED STATES DONATES ALMOST 10 MILLION ADDITIONAL PFIZER VACCINE DOSES TO PAKISTAN

Islamabad, October 15, 2021:  The United States is shipping an additional 9.6 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility to Pakistan.  This donation brings the total number of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the U.S. government to the Pakistani people to more than 25 million. These Pfizer vaccines are part of the 500 …

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U.S. PARTNERSHIP WITH PAKISTAN BOOSTS STUDENT LITERACY IN BALOCHISTAN AND KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA

Islamabad, October 7, 2021:  The United States Government, together with the Government of Pakistan and provincial partners, has helped increase the reading skills of students in Grades 1 and 2 through the Pakistan Reading Project.  Over the course of seven years, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) project trained 27,000 teachers on reading instruction …

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UNITED STATES AND PAKISTAN PROMOTE PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT IN CLEAN ENERGY IN SINDH

Islamabad, October 1, 2021:  The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), joined with the Pakistani government to launch the Pakistan Private Sector Energy (PPSE) initiative to promote private sector investment in clean energy in Sindh province.  The virtual launch event brought together national and provincial government stakeholders, business leaders and investors, …

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Remarks: Secretary Antony J. Blinken At the Virtual COVID-19 Summit

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PALACE HOTEL NEW YORK, NY SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon, everyone. We meet at a challenging time.  Eighteen months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, we are not where we need to be.  The virus continues to overpower and outmaneuver us.  In many places, it’s spreading at its fastest rate …

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Op-ed by Secretary Blinken & White House COVID-19 Coordinator Jeff Zients: There is no choice between vaccinating Americans and vaccinating the&#8

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United States and Pakistan Convene Energy Dialogue

Islamabad, September 22, 2021:  Today, the U.S. Department of State’s Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources Harry Kamian and Pakistan’s Secretary of Power Ali Raza Bhutta co-hosted an Energy Dialogue to renew and reinforce the longstanding partnership between the United States and Pakistan in the energy sector.  In today’s dialogue, Pakistan and the United …

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U.S. GOVERNMENT AND PAKISTAN HEALTH OFFICIALS OBSERVE DONATED PFIZER VACCINATIONS

Islamabad, September 22, 2021: Today, representatives from the U.S. Embassy, Islamabad, along with Government of Pakistan Health officials, visited a Pakistani vaccination center to witness firsthand the utilization of some of the recently-arrived 10.3 million life-saving Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by the United States.  As of today, the United States has donated almost 15.8 …

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UNITED STATES AND PAKISTAN HOLD INAUGURAL MEETING OF CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT WORKING GROUP

Islamabad, September 21, 2021: The United States and Pakistan reaffirmed their commitment to work together to address climate change through the creation of the U.S.-Pakistan Climate and Environment Working Group.  Addressing the Working Group on September 20, U.S. Chargé d’affaires Angela P. Aggeler hailed over 50 years of U.S.-Pakistan partnership and cooperation on energy and …

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WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS COMPETE FOR CHANCE TO PITCH THEIR BUSINESSES TO SILICON VALLEY INVESTORS

Islamabad, September 17, 2021:  In a competition featuring some of the most innovative women-led businesses in Pakistan, a panel of business experts selected 12 startups out of a pool of 476 for the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to Silicon Valley investors via the U.S. Embassy’s Accelerator Program for Women Entrepreneurs (APWE).  Sponsored by …

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UNITED STATES DONATES 6.6 MILLION PFIZER VACCINE DOSES TO PAKISTAN TO ADDRESS FOURTH COVID-19 WAVE

Islamabad September 4, 2021: Over the next ten days, the United States will deliver an additional 6.6 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility to Pakistan.  This donation brings the total number of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the U.S. Government to the Pakistani people to 15.8 million. This tranche of 6.6 million vaccines is part of …

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U.S. EMBASSY ANNOUNCES 700 ADDITIONAL GRADUATE-LEVEL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PAKISTANI WOMEN

Islamabad, September 3, 2021:  On September 2, the United States Embassy in Pakistan announced it will award an additional 700 graduate-level scholarships to Pakistani women in partnership with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC).  These two-year scholarships, which begin this year and last until 2023, will be awarded to outstanding women to earn master’s …

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UNITED STATES PROVIDES 3.7 MILLION DOSES OF PFIZER VACCINE TO PAKISTAN TO ADDRESS DEADLY COVID-19 SURGE

Islamabad August 26, 2021: Today, the United States donated 3.7 million doses of the life-saving Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to the Government of Pakistan for distribution to the Pakistani people through the COVAX facility.  Today’s donation is in addition to the 5.5 million Moderna vaccine doses that the U.S. government donated to Pakistan in July, bringing …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan

Location:  Lahore, Pakistan (August 16, 2021) Event:  During Ashura, the 9th and 10th days of Muharram, numerous processions of varying sizes will occur throughout Lahore on Wednesday, August 18, through Friday, August 20, 2021.  Previous years have seen various security incidents associated with both the month of Muharram and specifically Ashura.  U.S. citizens are encouraged …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN

August 14, 2021 Pakistan Independence Day  On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer best wishes to the people of Pakistan as they celebrate their Independence Day. For more than seven decades, the United States and Pakistan have worked together in partnership.  Over the past year, we have expanded our cooperation in key areas such as health, where the United States is providing 5.5 million Moderna vaccine doses through COVAX to help …

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U.S. GOVERNMENT PROJECT INCREASES ENERGY SUPPLY IN PAKISTAN

Islamabad – August 13, 2021:  On August 12, Pakistani officials and representatives from the United States Government celebrated the conclusion of the four-year Sustainable Energy for Pakistan (SEP) project.  Through the SEP project, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partnered with the Pakistani government to provide more affordable, and climate- friendly power to Pakistan’s …

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The United States and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Partner to Prevent Illegal Crop Production

Islamabad, August 10, 2021 — On August 9, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Planning and Development Department (P&D) celebrated the successful completion of a crop control and area development project worth $4.2 million that benefitted more than 4,500 families from the Bajaur, Khyber, and Mohmand districts.  At the same event, partners celebrated the launch of a …

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UNITED STATES DONATES ONE MILLION RAPID DIAGNOSTIC TESTS TO HELP PAKISTAN FIGHT COVID-19

ISLAMABAD (August 9, 2021) – The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), donated one million COVID-19 antigen rapid diagnostic tests today to help Pakistan to diagnose the coronavirus and respond to urgent health needs. These new rapid diagnostic tests detect infection in minutes and greatly enhance real-time monitoring, enabling health …

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The United States Promotes Legal Crop Production in the Newly Merged Districts

Islamabad, August 6, 2021 – On August 5, the U.S. Mission to Pakistan, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government celebrated the successful completion of a $984,000 project that provided more than 4,000 farming households with alternatives to illicit crop production in the Bajaur, Khyber, Torghar, and Mohmand districts.  Director …

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On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha

On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha 07/20/2021 09:59 PM EDT Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State On behalf of the United States of America, I extend my warmest wishes to all those celebrating Eid al-Adha in the United States and around the world. This special occasion is a time to reflect on the values of sacrifice, service, compassion, charity, and for helping those …

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U.S. Embassy Islamabad to Establish a Lincoln Corner at National University of Sciences and Technology

ISLAMABAD, July 16 – The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a Lincoln Corner on the NUST campus in Sector H-12, Islamabad. Mr. Raymond Castillo, the U.S. Embassy’s Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, and Dr. Osman Hasan, Pro-Rector of …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi

07/09/2021 11:22 AM EDT Office of the Spokesperson The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and underscored the shared desire for a stable and sustainable bilateral relationship.  The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed the importance of continued U.S.-Pakistan …

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U.S. Embassy Islamabad and the Karakoram International University Sign Letter of Intent to Establish the Lincoln Corner Gilgit

ISLAMABAD, July 7 – The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Karakoram International University (KIU) to establish a Lincoln Corner in Gilgit. Lincoln Corners are partnerships between the U.S. Mission to Pakistan and eminent Pakistani institutions like universities, public libraries, and cultural centers. They connect Pakistani youth and emerging …

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U.S. Embassy Launches 2021 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Program in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, July 3 – U.S. Embassy Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Ray Castillo welcomed more than 70 Pakistani women entrepreneurs to celebrate the launch of the first-ever Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program in Pakistan.  This U.S. Department of State program supports women worldwide in building their own enterprises.  Its launch in Pakistan is part …

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UNITED STATES DONATES 2.5 MILLION DOSES OF THE MODERNA COVID VACCINE TO PAKISTAN

ISLAMABAD, July 2, 2021 – Today, 2.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine donated by the United States arrived at Islamabad International Airport.  These vaccines are being delivered to the Pakistani people in partnership with the COVAX global vaccine initiative, UNICEF, and the Government of Pakistan. This donation is part of the 80 million …

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UNITED STATES AND PAKISTAN LAUNCH WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT ACTIVITY

PESHAWAR, June 24, 2021 – The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), today launched the Women’s Economic Empowerment Activity (WEEA). This five-year initiative supports the Government of Pakistan’s efforts to promote women’s social and economic empowerment through safe and dignified access to income opportunities, information, resources, and services. The WEEA …

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UNITED STATES DELIVERS MORE COVID-19 PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO SUPPORT PAKISTAN’S FRONTLINE HEALTH WORKERS

ISLAMABAD, June 19, 2021 – The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), delivered its most recent shipment of emergency medical supplies to Pakistan today in our continuing joint effort to combat the scourge of COVID.   This latest airlift included more than one million pieces of critical personal protective equipment, which …

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UNITED STATES MOBILIZES AIRLIFT OF EMERGENCY SUPPLIES TO HELP PAKISTAN ADDRESS DEADLY COVID-19 SURGE

Islamabad, June 5, 2021 — The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), mobilized an airlift of critical health supplies that arrived today in Pakistan to help save lives, stop the spread of COVID-19, and meet the urgent health needs of the country. The airlift to Pakistan contributes critically needed and requested …

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Mail-in Adult U.S. Passport Renewals

Islamabad, June 1, 2021 — Beginning on May 30, Mission Pakistan will begin to accept mail-in U.S. Passport renewal applications with online fee payments for adult U.S. passport renewal applications.  Paying online allows you to mail your application to the U.S. Embassy without the need to pay in person.  Please see our  Passport Renewal webpage  to determine if …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf of Pakistan

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On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

05/12/2021 06:02 PM EDT   Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State I extend my warmest wishes to all Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrating Eid al-Fitr. On this Eid al-Fitr, we reflect on the values of charity, community, cooperation, and compassion, and, in the face of a global pandemic, we honor …

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United States Welcomes COVAX Delivery to Pakistan

By Chargé d’affaires Angela P. Aggeler U.S. Embassy Pakistan The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the world.  No country has been unaffected or untouched, including the United States and Pakistan.  As partners, we have worked together both bilaterally and through the multilateral Global Health Security Agenda, for more than a year to fight this pandemic and prevent its spread.  With the arrival of 1.2 million doses of the COVID-19 …

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THE UNITED STATES WELCOMES THE ARRIVAL OF 1.2 MILLION COVID-19 VACCINES FROM COVAX

ISLAMABAD (May 8, 2021) — The United States Government welcomes the successful arrival in Pakistan of 1.2 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which landed at Islamabad International Airport today.   This vaccine shipment was made possible through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.  The United States contributed …

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UNITED STATES AND PAKISTAN LAUNCH PILOT PROJECT TO INCREASE REGIONAL TRADE

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World Press Freedom Day

5/02/2021 07:17 PM EDT Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Tomorrow, the United States joins the international community in celebrating World Press Freedom Day.  Information and knowledge are powerful tools, and a free and independent press is the core institution connecting publics to the information they need to advocate for themselves, make informed decisions, and hold …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan

Location:  Lahore, Pakistan Event: A large religious procession is expected to take place on May 4 in the old city of Lahore.  Because Punjab authorities have not given permission for the gathering, a heavy police presence in the areas of the procession is expected.  These kinds of situations can escalate quickly.  The U.S. Consulate in …

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Joint Statement on the Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan

April 30, 2021   Office of the Spokesperson The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the occasion of the Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan. Begin Text: On April …

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United States and Pakistan’s Drug Regulatory Authority Modernize and Digitize Records

ISLAMABAD (March 24, 2021) – The United States Mission to Pakistan, in cooperation with the Government of Pakistan, presented a new records management system to digitize more than four million records for the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP). The system, developed by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Health Supply Chain program, …

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USAID MARKS COMPLETION OF PUNJAB ENABLING ENVIRONMENT PROJECT

Today the United States Government marked the successful completion of a seven-year initiative to support the dairy, horticulture, and livestock sectors in Punjab. The Punjab Enabling Environment Project (PEEP), a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Punjab Government, and several private sector partners added more than 16,000 jobs to the …

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Statement on the Visit to Pakistan by Ambassador Khalilzad

Islamabad, March 8, 2021 – U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Islamabad on March 8.  In a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and senior civilian officials, Ambassador Khalilzad stressed the need to accelerate progress towards a just and durable peace in Afghanistan. In his discussions, Ambassador …

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UNITED STATES HANDS OVER IT WALL TO STRENGTHEN PUNJAB COVID-19 COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTER

The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), today handed over an IT wall to the Health Department to help strengthen the COVID-19 Command and Control Center’s capacity to monitor, analyze the data and effectively respond to cases across the province. USAID has partnered with Pakistan’s federal and provincial health departments …

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Readout from Gen. McKenzie’s visit with Pakistan Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa

By U.S. Central Command Public Affairs U.S. Central Command Communication Integration MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Feb. 19, 2021 — U.S. Central Command commander Gen. Frank McKenzie met with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa in Islamabad today. The two discussed mutual regional security concerns, and McKenzie reiterated the U.S. military’s appreciation for …

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UNITED STATES AND PAKISTAN PROMOTE WATER GOVERNANCE 

Islamabad, February 18, 2021:  The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the Government of Punjab, opened the 2021 Pakistan Water Conference today to highlight the challenges facing the water sector in Pakistan and the importance of governance for increasing water productivity.    The United States and Pakistan …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan

Location:  Lahore, Pakistan Event: Cricket matches between the Pakistani and South African national teams will take place at Qaddafi Stadium on February 11, 13, and 15 in Lahore.  On these days, transit throughout the city and surrounding area may be impacted by congestion, road closures, and an increased security and police presence.  U.S. citizens are advised …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 23, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #30 – Limited Seats Remain on the U.S. Government Charter Flights from Islamabad and Karachi There are limited seats remaining on the U.S. government charter flights scheduled for this weekend from Karachi and Islamabad.  The U.S. Mission to Pakistan continues to call …

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Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #27 – U.S. Government Charter Flights for the Week of April 20 As of 5:00 p.m. (Pakistan Standard Time), the U.S. Mission to Pakistan continues to call U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents to confirm seats on this week’s U.S. government charter flights departing Karachi and Islamabad to Washington Dulles International …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 13, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #20 – U.S. government charter flights from Karachi and Islamabad Since April 3, the U.S. Mission to Pakistan has repatriated more than 1,100 private U.S. citizens and their immediate family members to the United States. The U.S. Mission to Pakistan received …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 10, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #19 – URGENT Message for Confirmed Passengers on the April 10-12 U.S. Government Charters For passengers confirmed on the U.S. government charters scheduled for April 10 –12, your flights will still operate as scheduled.  Please follow the instructions that were sent …

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Health Alert – Update #18 Extension of Suspension of International Flights until April 21

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 10, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #18 – Extension of Suspension of International Flights until April 21 The Government of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority suspended all international passenger, chartered, and private aircraft inbound flights to Pakistan on March 21 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time (PST). …

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Health Alert – Update #17 U.S. government charter flights from Karachi and Islamabad

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 9, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #17 – U.S. government charter flights from Karachi and Islamabad As of 2:00 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time, April 9, the three flights chartered by the U.S. government this weekend from Karachi and Islamabad are now full.  Staff at the U.S. Mission …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 8, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #16 – Important Information regarding U.S. Government-arranged flights from Karachi and Islamabad As of 11:00 a.m. Pakistan Standard Time, April 8, the U.S. Mission to Pakistan continues to directly contact U.S. citizens regarding the U.S. government-arranged flights from Karachi and Islamabad …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 7, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event: Update #15 Additional Information on Extension of Pakistani Visas for U.S. Citizens This message updates our April 6, 2020, (Update #12) message to U.S. citizens. Due to the travel disruptions caused by COVID-19, foreign nationals currently in Pakistan (to include U.S. citizens) whose Pakistani visa expired after March …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 7, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #14 – U.S. Government-arranged Flights from Karachi and Islamabad As of 1:30 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time, April 7, the U.S. Mission to Pakistan continues to directly contact U.S. citizens regarding the U.S. government-arranged flights from Karachi and Islamabad scheduled for later …

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Health Alert – Update #12 Extension of Pakistani Visas for U.S. Citizens

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (April 6, 2020) Location:   Pakistan (country-wide) Event: Update #12 Extension of Pakistani Visas for U.S. Citizens Due to the travel disruptions caused by COVID-19, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Pakistan is exploring extending visas for U.S. citizens who have overstayed their Pakistani visas or expect to overstay their …

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Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event: Update #5 – April 1 U.S. government-arranged flight All seats have been filled on the April 1 U.S. government-arranged flight from Pakistan to the United States.  Confirmed travelers received phone calls and emails providing flight time and instructions about required documentation.  If you are a confirmed traveler, please review the email you will receive …

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Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event: Update #4 – General Update: COVID-19 Pakistan The U.S. government-arranged flight from Pakistan to the United States on April 1 is full.  If there are cancellations, the U.S. Mission in Pakistan will contact additional travelers.  Priority was given to U.S. citizens most at risk for COVID-19 complications. The Government of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority …

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Health Alert – Update #3 U.S. Government Arranged Flight from Karachi and Islamabad (April 1)

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #3 – U.S. Government Arranged Flight from Karachi and Islamabad (April 1) As of 1700 Pakistan Standard Time, the U.S. government-arranged flight on April 1 is now full.  If there are cancellations, we will contact additional travelers. We received more requests than we could accommodate and prioritized seats for those most at …

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Health Alert -  Update #2 U.S. Government Arranged Flight from Karachi and Islamabad (April 1)

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #2 – U.S. Government Arranged Flight from Karachi and Islamabad (April 1) As of 10:45 a.m. (Pakistan Standard Time), March 29, 2020, we continue to contact U.S. citizens regarding the U.S. government arranged flight on April 1 as announced in the U.S. Mission to Pakistan’s March 27 message . If you registered for this flight, …

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Health Alert –  Update #1 U.S. Government Arranged Flight from Karachi and Islamabad (April 1)

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Update #1 – U.S. Government Arranged Flight from Karachi and Islamabad (April 1) We have begun directly contacting U.S. citizens regarding the U.S. government arranged flight on April 1 as announced in the U.S. Mission to Pakistan’s March 27 message .  If you registered for this flight, we are contacting you by phone or email – …

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Health Alert – Suspension of Qatar Airways Flights from Islamabad

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Suspension of Qatar Airways Flights from Islamabad to Doha Effective March 30, Qatar Airways will suspend operations of the daily Islamabad to Doha flight (QR 633). U.S. citizens wishing to depart Pakistan should review information on a U.S. government facilitated flight scheduled for April 1 from Islamabad and Karachi to Washington Dulles (IAD) …

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The United States provides 11 state-of-the-art ambulances to health authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The United States provided 11 state-of-the-art ambulances to health authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa this year. These newly-equipped ambulances from USAID Pakistan will assist the KP Department of Health respond to and combat the spread of COVID19. In addition to the ambulances, the U.S. government is training health care providers, procuring laboratory and emergency supplies as well as …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (Cancellation of Limited PIA flights from Pakistan)

Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  Cancellation of Limited PIA flights from Pakistan to the United Kingdom and Canada Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) announced that flights scheduled for March 27 and 28, 2020, from various cities in Pakistan to Toronto, Manchester, London, and Birmingham have been canceled because of health and safety considerations. The U.S. Mission in Pakistan continues …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan (USG-Arranged Flight)

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Pakistan (March 27, 2020) Location:  Pakistan (country-wide) Event:  USG-Arranged Flight on April 1 from Islamabad and Karachi to Washington Dulles Airport The U.S. Mission in Pakistan is arranging a flight to depart Karachi and Islamabad on April 1, 2020.  Please read the following information carefully: The flight would originate in Karachi, stop …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location: Countrywide Event: Updated COVID-19 Information for Pakistan Country-Specific Information:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raised the Travel Health Notice for Pakistan to Level 3 on March 23, 2020, because of widespread and ongoing transmission of COVID-19 within Pakistan.  Upon arrival to the United States, passengers from Pakistan will be subject to CDC screening, …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location:  Countrywide  Event:  Notification of Flights on PIA and Qatar Airways  Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will likely partially restore limited flights from Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore.  Qatar Airways continues to operate one flight daily from Islamabad.    Please contact PIA or Qatar Airways directly or through your preferred agent to inquire about pricing and availability of these flights, even if you had previously existing reservations.  The situation is fluid and constantly changing, we encourage all U.S. citizens wanting to depart Pakistan to …

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Health Alert – Notification of Flight on Qatar Airways from Lahore to Doha

Location:  Lahore Qatar Airways announced they will operate one flight from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport on March 25, 2020 to Doha only. Please contact Qatar Airways directly or through your preferred agent to inquire about pricing and availability of this flight, even if you had previously existing reservations. This not a U.S. government operated or funded flight.  Availability and cancellations are controlled by the airline.  Onward travel to the United States may be difficult as …

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Cancellation of Routine American Citizen Services (22 March, 2020)

As of 19 March, the United States Embassy and Consulates in Pakistan are cancelling routine American Citizens Services and all currently scheduled routine appointments.  We will resume routine services as soon as possible, but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.  The Embassy and Consulates will continue to provide emergency consular services …

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COVID-19 Information

Country-Specific Information: Pakistan has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The Pakistan federal government established an inter-ministerial committee headed by the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister for Health and Population to formulate and implement a comprehensive strategy to tackle the virus’ threat. The Government of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority announced the suspension of …

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Cancellation of Routine Visa Appointments

Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:  As of 17 March, the United States Embassy and Consulates in Pakistan are cancelling routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments.  Your visa appointment stands as cancelled.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.  The …

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COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  [12/30/2022]   The CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers .   Check the CDC website for additional information and  Frequently Asked Questions .   Entry and Exit Requirements Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes. For detailed information for …

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Consul General CB Toney visits Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar on the 4th anniversary of our Eleanore Roosevelt Corner.

It’s the 4th anniversary of our Eleanore Roosevelt Corner Peshawar (ERCP) at Shaheed Benezir Bhutto Women University! U.S. Consul General in Peshawar Sebron “CB” Toney visited Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University to celebrate America’s commitment of funding and resources to the university. ERCP helps ten thousand young women every year from across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province …

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USAID Pakistan partnered with UNDP Pakistan to lunch a Business Incubation Program for the youth of the Newly Merged Districts (NMDs) of KP

USAID Pakistan partnered with  UNDP Pakistan  to lunch a Business Incubation Program for the youth of the Newly Merged Districts (NMDs) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Islamabad. 180 entrepreneurs from Khyber, North and South Waziristan districts (of which 54 will be women entrepreneurs) will receive month-long business incubation services. The training includes hands-on practical workshops on various business …

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United States Deputy Chief of Mission John Hoover and Consul General CB Toney visited Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly

United States Deputy Chief of Mission John Hoover and Consul General CB Toney visited Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly and met with Speaker Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, Deputy Speaker Mehmood Jan and the Chairperson of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus Maliha Asghar Khan. Dera manana to Speaker Ghani for a wonderful tour of the historic KP Assembly Hall.

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Consul General CB Toney hosted representatives of the United Nations Development Program (#UNDP) Pakistan office

Consul General CB Toney hosted representatives of the United Nations Development Program ( #UNDP ) Pakistan office and discussed USAID-supported development programs in the newly merged districts (NMDs) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. USAID is partnering with UNDP to develop the capacity of the KP government to implement reforms in the NMDs .  #USAID  and UNDP are also providing …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Lahore, Pakistan

Location:  Lahore Press Club (Shimla Hill Circle) Lahore, Pakistan Event:  Today, at approximately 1530, a student union is expected to hold an anti-American protest at the Lahore Press Club near Shimla Hill Circle. The protest may cause traffic delays and unplanned transportation disruptions. Increased police presence has been deployed.  Cellular service in the city may …

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Consul General Sebron and USAID Deputy Mission Director Nehrbass met community members from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

#USAID  and Pakistan building a better future! Consul General Sebron and USAID Deputy Mission Director Nehrbass met community members from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These districts have been a primary focus for us to build tomorrow’s leaders, increasing transparency of local government and improving livelihood. We were excited to learn about their success and challenges.

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Message for U.S. Citizens: January 15, 2020, Town Hall Meeting in Islamabad

     Message for U.S. Citizens: January Town Hall Meeting in Islamabad December 20, 2019   The American Citizens Services unit of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad will hold a town hall meeting for U.S. citizens on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.   The town hall will provide U.S. citizens an opportunity to learn more about the U.S. …

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VOTING IN 2020 U.S. ELECTIONS

  Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world!   Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to FVAP.gov to connect to your state’s voter portal to register …

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CG Toney and USAID Deputy Mission Director Nehrbass met with a group of Arizona State University program graduates

USAID Pakistan has partnered with University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar and Arizona State University  to focus on applied research relevant to Pakistan’s energy needs and help produce skilled graduates in the energy field. CG Toney and USAID Deputy Mission Director Nehrbass met with a group of program graduates who started a residential solar installation company and plan …

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16th Annual Fulbright Alumni Conference Celebrates Pakistani Alumni Trailblazers in Key Sectors Countrywide

Islamabad, December 16, 2019 – More than 200 Fulbright alumni participated December 13-16 in the 16th annual Fulbright Alumni Conference.  This year’s theme “Global Best Practices in a Local Context” highlighted the diverse ways in which Fulbright alumni are blazing new paths for Pakistan in agriculture, education, the arts, and media.  The Fulbright Student Program, …

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Statement on Ambassador Khalilzad’s Visit to Pakistan

Islamabad – December 13, 2019: U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Islamabad on December 13. In his meetings with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and other government officials, Ambassador Khalilzad discussed the current status of U.S.-Taliban talks. He welcomed Pakistan’s support for a …

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Deputy Assistant Sec. Ervin Massinga delivers remarks to Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce

REMARKS ERVIN MASSINGA, DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PAKISTAN AFFAIRS BUREAU OF SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS FEDERATION OF PAKISTAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE KARACHI, PAKISTAN DECEMBER 13, 2019 As delivered. Good afternoon. It is an honor to be speaking before the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry – a group of such distinguished …

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United States Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Paul Jones on visiting the historic Mohabbat Khan mosque

Pakhair Raghlay to the United States Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Paul Jones on visiting the City of Flowers. Ambassador Jones and Mrs. Jones visited the historic Mohabbat Khan mosque in the heart of Peshawar city. Dera manana to Moulana Muhammad Tayyab Qureshi for hosting Ambassador Jones and for a wonderful tour of the iconic mosque. …

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Statement on Ambassador Khalilzad’s Visit to Pakistan

Islamabad – October 30, 2019:  Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Islamabad on October 28-29.  In his meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and other government officials, Ambassador Khalilzad discussed the current status of the Afghan peace process and the importance of reducing violence.  …

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U.S. Consul General Karachi, Robert Silberstein pays homage to Quaid-e-Azam

August 7, 2019 Contact: Krish Das Phone: 021-35275375 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. Consul General Karachi, Robert Silberstein pays homage to Quaid-e-Azam Karachi – U.S. Consul General Karachi Robert Silberstein, visited the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and paid his respects to the founder of Pakistan. Consul General Silberstein laid a floral wreath at the …

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Statement on Ambassador Khalilzad’s Visit to Pakistan

Islamabad, August 02, 2019 –   Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Islamabad on August 1 and 2 and held discussions with Pakistani leadership on developments in the Afghan peace process. In his meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Chief of Army Staff General Javed Bajwa, Ambassador …

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156 Pakistanis Prepare to Begin Fulbright Studies and Research in the United States

Islamabad, July 25, 2019 – After receiving the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, 156 Pakistani students will pursue Master’s and Ph.D. studies or teach at top universities in the United States.  U.S. Embassy Islamabad Chargé d’Affaires a.i. John Hoover congratulated the Pakistani students at an event preparing the recipients for the exchange program. “The American government believes …

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PAKISTANI STARS PARTNER WITH UNITED STATES ON MUSIC VIDEO PROMOTING COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

Islamabad – May 14, 2022:  The United States Government is proud to partner with Cannes-nominated film director Sarmad Khoosat and an all-star cast to produce “Manzil,” a new song promoting COVD-19 vaccinations and booster shots. The song and video complement the U.S. government’s donation to Pakistan so far of over 61 million doses of COVID-19 …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location:  Islamabad, Pakistan Event:  Local media sources report clashes have occurred between demonstrators and police on Jinnah Avenue near Express Chowk, near the Marriott Hotel on Agha Khan Road and near the NADRA intersection.  The Red Zone has been closed to traffic.  U.S. Embassy personnel have been instructed to avoid these areas. Embassy Operations:  Embassy …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Location:  Islamabad, Pakistan   Event:   An anti-U.S. demonstration is scheduled to take place at the Islamabad Press Club located in F-6/1 at 16:00 hours today.  U.S. Government personnel have been instructed to avoid the area surrounding the Islamabad Press Club for the duration of the demonstration.   Actions to Take:   Avoid the area surrounding the …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Karachi, Pakistan

Location:  Karachi, Pakistan Event:  The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi reminds U.S. citizens that terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan.  Due to security concerns, unofficial movements of U.S. Consulate personnel have been restricted for the period including the last two weeks of Ramadan and Eid.  Included in these travel restrictions are a variety …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate Lahore, Pakistan

Location:  Data Darbar Shrine, Lahore, Pakistan   Event: An explosion has been reported in the vicinity of the Data Darbar Shrine in Lahore.  There are reports of several casualties and injuries.  Effective immediately, U.S. Consulate Lahore personnel movements have been restricted.   Consulate Operations:  Consulate operations are normal.   Actions to Take:   Avoid the …

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U.S. Consulate, Pakistan Cricket Board, and Peshawar Zalmi Foundation Promote Leadership and Health through Cricket

Lahore – April 29, 2019: Forty young women from Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa completed a two-day U.S. government-funded cricket camp at the National Cricket Academy, participating in activities designed to build leadership skills and encourage healthy lifestyles. “These students are now better prepared to face the challenges life brings and take on leadership roles in …

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Statement on the Conclusion of Special Representative Khalilzad’s Visit to Pakistan

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, visited Islamabad from April 5 to 6 to continue discussions with the Pakistani civilian and military leadership on the status of the Afghanistan peace process.  Special Representative Khalilzad met with Foreign Minister Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Janjua, and Chief of Army Staff Bajwa.  In his meetings, Ambassador Khalilzad …

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Pakistanis and Americans Join Together to Celebrate U.S. Independence Day

Islamabad, April 04, 2019 – To celebrate the 243rd anniversary of American independence, the U.S. Embassy hosted Pakistani officials, businesspeople, civil society, celebrities, and friends for a celebration that included music, traditional American food, and simulated fireworks.  The evening’s guest of honor was Mr. Omar Ayub Khan, Federal Minister for Energy.  Under the theme of “Building a Vision,” …

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U.S. Consulate General Lahore and TEVTA Partner to Provide English Language Training in Bahawalpur and Lahore

        Lahore – April 3, 2019:  U.S. Consul General Colleen Crenwelge joined Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Chairperson Nadeem-ur-Rehman and two implementing partners – the Lahore Institute of Future Education and the DOVE Foundation – for the signing of a memorandum of understanding to provide English language training to 160 …

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U.S. Consul General’s Multan Visit Highlights U.S.-Pakistan Cooperation

Multan – March 19, 2019: U.S. Consul General Colleen Crenwelge highlighted U.S.-Pakistan cooperation on a range of issues and encouraged job skills development for Pakistan’s youth during a March 18-19 visit to Multan. She welcomed students to two new U.S. government-funded English language programs, inaugurated a solar power system supported by the United States, distributed …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad (March 20, 2019)

Location:  Islamabad, Pakistan Event:  On March 20, 2019, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) summoned leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party for an investigation.  As of 11:00 hours on March 20, 2019, around 300 demonstrators have gathered at the NADRA intersection to demonstrate against the NAB. Clashes are reported between police and demonstrators.  Arrests have occurred.  Injuries …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Islamabad (March 18, 2019)

Location:  Islamabad, Pakistan Event: Pakistan Day is a national public holiday held on March 23 to commemorate the Lahore Resolution of 1940.  Government operations, including a military parade, will significantly affect traffic in Islamabad during dress rehearsals scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 2019 (0800 hours to 1400 hours) and Thursday, March 21 (0800 hours to 1400 hours), …

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Public Notice on Visa Changes – Reciprocity Fees and Visa Validity

March 05, 2019                                                                                  Contact: U.S. Embassy For Immediate Release                                                                     Public Affairs Section 03/2019                                                                                               051-201-5427; 051-201-4423   Public Notice on Visa Changes – Reciprocity Fees and Visa Validity   Effective January 21, 2019, an additional fee will be charged for H (Temporary Work Visa), I (Journalist and Media Visa), L (Intercompany Transfer Visa), and …

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U.S. Consul General Colleen Crenwelge today awarded certificates to 180 graduates of the U.S. Department of State-funded E

Lahore, February 19, 2019:  U.S. Consul General Colleen Crenwelge today awarded certificates to 180 graduates of the U.S. Department of State-funded English Access Microscholarship Program in Lahore.  Mufti Raghib Naeemi of Jamia Naeemia and his wife also attended the ceremony, which was hosted by the Access program’s implementing partner, the Lahore Institute of Future Education (LIFE). …

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U.S. Ambassador’s Visit to Punjab Reaffirms America’s Commitment to the People of Pakistan

U.S. Ambassador Paul W. Jones, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., emphasized the importance of the Punjab region and reaffirmed the value of the U.S.-Pakistan partnership during his February 12-13 trip to Lahore. Ambassador Jones called on Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, discussed opportunities for investment in the region with members of the business community, and met with …

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U.S. Consulate General Lahore Organizes Cricket Coaching Camp to Support Women’s Leadership through Sports Initiatives

Lahore, December 21, 2018:  U.S. Consul General Colleen Crenwelge today welcomed 25 young women between the ages of 12 and 20 to a cricket coaching camp organized by the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore in collaboration with the Pakistan Cricket Board, the National Cricket Academy, and Galaxy Sports.  The program promoted gender equality and women’s …

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U.S. Consul General Lahore Inaugurates English Access Microscholarship Program in Sargodha

Sargodha, December 20, 2018 – U.S. Consul General Colleen Crenwelge today welcomed 125 Pakistani students to the U.S. Department of State-funded English Access Microscholarship Program in Sargodha. The Access program provides English language skills to students between the ages of 13 and 20 through free after-school classes and intensive learning activities related to U.S. and …

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Baltistan Farmers Increase Production and Profits

Islamabad, November 26, 2018 – Income and productivity are up for more than 8,000 farmers in Baltistan – for some as much as 40 percent. This is just one of several achievements celebrated today at the conclusion of the US-funded Satpara Development Project, a seven-year effort to increase access to irrigation and spur economic growth …

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Security Alert:  Personal Security Reminder

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Personal Security Reminder October 17, 2018   The U.S. Mission in Islamabad reminds all U.S. citizens of the possibility of hazards from celebratory gunfire.  Although the likelihood of being struck is relatively low, falling rounds can cause injury or death.  Celebratory gunfire is most likely to occur on Friday and Saturday …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

Your Vote Counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for House and Senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot …

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Pakistan Election

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 27, 2018 The United States takes note of yesterday’s election results in Pakistan. The United States commends the courage of the Pakistani people, including many women, who turned out to vote and showed resolve to determine their country’s future. We condemn the horrific acts of terrorist …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Islamabad

Location:  Pakistan Event:  General elections are scheduled to be held in Pakistan on July 25, 2018.  In the last two weeks, several terrorist attacks have been directed against political rallies, including a bombing in Mastung, Balochistan, that killed more than 145 people.  Demonstrations, political rallies, and large religious gatherings intended to be peaceful can become …

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New USAID Initiative Brings Technology to Agriculture

Islamabad, June 26, 2018 – USAID and the Pakistan Ministry of National Food Security and Research launched USAID’s Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity today. Partnering with roughly 30 of the largest private agri-technology businesses, the four-year initiative will introduce advanced technologies to an estimated 122,500 farmers, whose agricultural sales are projected to reach $8.58 million. …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Passport Fee Increase Effective April 2

Message for U.S. Citizens: Passport Fee Increase Effective April 2 March 14, 2018 Important notice:  Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35 for U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, including first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous …

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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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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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USAID Creates Pathways to Success for Young Women

Islamabad, January 23, 2018 – The U.S. Government demonstrated its commitment to increasing opportunities for Pakistani women during a panel discussion focused on education, economic participation, and gender equality. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Deputy Mission Director Christopher Steel spoke to more than 100 participants from academia, public, private, and nonprofit …

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American Government Provides Ambulances to Highways and Motorway Police

Islamabad, January 19, 2018 – On January 19, American Ambassador David Hale officially delivered 10 ambulances worth almost 180 million rupees ($1.6 million) to the National Highways and Motorway Police (NHMP).  The delivery underscores the American government’s long and fruitful efforts to support Pakistan’s law enforcement capacity and assist NHMP in its mission to promote …

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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador Alice Wells visits Pakistan

Islamabad, January 16, 2018 – The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ambassador Alice Wells visited Islamabad January 15-16. In her meetings with Pakistani officials, Ambassador Wells underlined that the United States seeks to move toward a new relationship with Pakistan, based on our mutual interest …

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Pakistani Students Prepare for a Semester at American Universities

Islamabad, December 21, 2017 – American Ambassador David Hale congratulated 111 Pakistani undergraduate students who have been selected to participate in the Spring 2018 U.S. government-funded Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) during a pre-departure orientation session in Islamabad.  Since Global UGRAD’s launch in 2010, approximately 1,500 Pakistani students have participated in the program, which …

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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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President Donald J. Trump Announces a National Security Strategy to Advance America’s Interests

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is unveiling a …

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U.S. Government Provides Pakistani Police Agencies with Eleven Armored Personnel Vehicles in Fight against Terrorism and Militancy

Islamabad, December 13, 2017 – On December 13, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Ranz officially handed over eleven armored personnel vehicles (APVs) worth over 280 million rupees ($2.7 million USD) to the Islamabad Capital Territory Police (ICTP), the Frontier Constabulary, and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police.  The delivery underscores the U.S. government’s commitment …

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U.S. Embassy Provides Pakistani Police Agencies with Over $23 Million in Protective Gear

Islamabad, December 11, 2017 – Between June and September 2017, the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Section provided nine Pakistani police organizations more than $23 million in state-of-the-art, lightweight protective gear (30,500 bulletproof vests and more than 27,000 ballistic helmets) to protect police officers as they fight terrorism and crime.  The police …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Islamabad/Rawalpindi Observance of Eid Milad-Un-Nabi on Friday, December 1, 2017

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that on Friday, December 1, 2017, we expect large processions in Islamabad and Rawalpindi in celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, Eid Milad-Un-Nabi. In Islamabad, we anticipate a procession of 5,000 – 7,000 participants will begin at 10 a.m. at the Central Police Ground in Sector G-7. It will …

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U.S. Embassy Leads Pakistani Government and Business Delegation on Power Generation Trade Mission

Islamabad, November 30, 2017 – U.S. Embassy Economic Counselor William Laitinen will lead a delegation of Pakistani government and business officials to participate in the Power-Gen International trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, and to visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Denver, Colorado, from December 4-8, 2017.  The delegation will …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Protests in Islamabad and Rawalpindi

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad informs U.S. Citizens that the Pakistani government is currently undertaking action to disperse Islamabad/Rawalpindi-based protests by the Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah organization.  Although police have dispersed the protests at the Faizabad Intersection, the demonstrators may be regrouping at other locations.  Other groups of protestors are also present near Tramri Chowk, Bara Koh, and …

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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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Ambassador Hale Op-Ed: Building on Secretary Tillerson’s Visit

By David M. Hale, Ambassador of the United States of America Secretary Tillerson’s visit to Pakistan last week demonstrated the significance that the United States places on our relationship with Pakistan and the vital work that still awaits us.  The Secretary discussed our continued cooperation and partnership, expanding economic ties between the United States and …

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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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Senior U.S. Interagency Delegation Visit to Pakistan

Islamabad – An interagency delegation, including Deputy Assistant to the President and NSC Senior Director for South and Central Asia Lisa Curtis;  Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Alice Wells; Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs …

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Secretary Tillerson’s statement on the Rescue of Caitlan Coleman, Joshua Boyle, and Their Family From Terrorist Captivity

The United States Government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, has secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan. In 2012, U.S. citizen Caitlan Coleman and Canadian citizen Joshua Boyle were taken hostage by the Haqqani network. Their three children were subsequently born in captivity. Today they are safe and …

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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Recovering the Boyle-Coleman Family from Captivity in Pakistan

In 2012, Caitlan Coleman, an American citizen, and her husband, Joshua Boyle, a Canadian citizen, were taken captive and held hostage by the Haqqani network, a terrorist organization with ties to the Taliban. Ms. Coleman gave birth to the couple’s three children while they were in captivity. Yesterday, the United States government, working in conjunction …

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