Ambassador of Pakistan, H.E. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry

Date : May 15, 2017
Time : 6:00-8:00pm
Place : Horizon Ballroom, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20004

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On May 15th 2017, the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC (WAC-DC) hosted His Excellency Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States. Ambassador Chaudhry delivered remarks to a capacity crowd at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The audience was comprised of domestic and international press, students, WAC-DC members, and members of the general public.

The event commenced with opening remarks by the WAC-DC International Affairs Director, Ms. Stephanie Fassler discussing the recent improvements within Pakistan’s economy and security environment, while also mentioning the challenges presented in its various regional and international relationships with countries such as India and the United States. Ms. Fassler then introduced Ambassador Chaudhry, and the discussant for the night’s event, former Congressman James P. Moran.

Congressman Moran is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of WAC-DC and a Senior Legislative Advisor at McDermott, Will & Emery.  During his time in Congress, Congressman Moran represented the 8th District of Virginia and served as senior member of the Appropriations Committee, ranking member on the Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment and on the Defense and Military Construction Subcommittee.

The Ambassador began by highlighting the improvements made in recent years within various aspects of Pakistani society.  This started in the security domain where terrorist acts, which once occurred at a rate of approximately 150 each month, have now been virtually eliminated.  Ambassador Chaudhry explained this was a result of an efforts made to build a national consensus that opposed militants operating within Pakistan’s borders.  According to the Ambassador, the perception held by many, especially in the United States that Pakistan is a haven for extremists is out of date.

The Ambassador also emphasized Pakistan’s rapid economic improvement.  He mentioned how Pakistan was once a country that could not pay off its debt and now it was growing at a rate of roughly 5 percent a year and has seen significant increases within its stock market, foreign exchange reserves and in foreign investment.  According to Ambassador Chaudhry, Pakistan is expected to become a top 20 economy sometime between 2025 and 2030.

The discussion then turned to Pakistan’s relationships within the global community.  First was the relationship with the United States.  According to the Ambassador, while the bond has seen its share of ups and downs over the years, the two countries have been more successful together.  He pointed to examples of the large Pakistani diaspora in the US, the massive number of Pakistani students studying here and the fact that the United States is Pakistan’s top trading partner.

The Ambassador also focused on Pakistan’s efforts towards achieving peace in Afghanistan.  According to the Ambassador, not only would it improve both countries security situations, it would also be a major economic driver.  Lastly, he stated his hopes for a peaceful solution with India.  However, he stressed such a solution could not come at the cost of abandoning Kashmir and also called on India to stop shutting down talks when non-state actors tried to disrupt the process.

The Ambassador concluded the evening by reemphasizing his desire for peace within Afghanistan and hopes for an eventual settlement with India as well.  He also stressed once more the importance of maintaining Pakistan’s relationship with the United States, regardless of the administration, while also continuing to attract investment from other sources, particularly China.

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