Islamabad, 4 October 2022 (TDI): US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome, is on a visit to Azad Jammu Kashmir. During his visit, he laid a wreath at the memorial of the 2005 devastating earthquake at the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (UAJK).

He remarked that, throughout the 75-year partnership between the US and Pakistan, the U.S. has stood by Pakistan in moments of great need.

 

Ambassador Blome said that the US had provided a substantial financial contribution to support the ongoing relief and reconstruction efforts in the flood-hit areas.

Furthermore, the United States is also supporting Pakistan to come out of difficult times due to unprecedented floods in its different areas.

The United States is also committed to strengthening educational facilities in Azad Kashmir.

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United States had also provided funds to the AJK government for renovating nine health facilities, he added. Besides laying a wreath, Ambassador Blome planted a tree on the lawn of UAJK.

Visit to Quaid e Azam Dak Bungalow

US Ambassador Donald Blome also visited the Quaid-e-Azam Dak Bungalow. He remarked that the bungalow “symbolizes the cultural and historical richness of Pakistan”.

He noted that Muhammad Ali Jinnah had visited the site in 1944 and hence, he was “honored” to visit it during his first trip to AJK.

Referring to the damage caused by the earthquake in 2005, he said that “the local government has beautifully restored this heritage site for the benefit of the community and visiting travelers.”

 

US-Pakistan Relations

Following Pakistan’s independence in 1947, the United States established diplomatic ties with Pakistan. The fundamental objective of the US aid program is to assist Pakistan in achieving security, stability, and prosperity via a partnership.

US assistance has concentrated on initiatives promoting economic growth and bilateral trade and energy. Moreover, it also includes assistance in refugees and refugee-hosting communities, law enforcement, civil society, and people-to-people interactions.