Pakistan

Congressional resolution welcomes PM Sharif on US visit

WASHINGTON: Ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s US visit, a resolution has been introduced in the House of Representatives urging US lawmakers to back strengthening democratic process in the Muslim country.

The resolution said Mr. Sharif, a democratically elected leader of Pakistan, is a symbol of the first successful democratic transition in Pakistani history.

The resolution introduced by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has been sent to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Ms Jackson also co-chairs the Congressional Pakistan Caucus.

The resolution acknowledged that Pakistanis have been victim of attacks by al-Qaeda and other terror networks and over 50,000 Pakistanis have lost their lives in these attacks. It said Pakistan has undertaken successful military operations against militants in the border areas at a huge material and human costs.

“Mr. Sharif is leading implementation of a National Action Plan to defeat terrorism so that all Pakistani communities, including religious and ethnic minorities, can live safely.”

There are tremendous opportunities to enhance people-to-people exchanges between Pakistan and the United States through trade, education and development, it said.

Supporting strengthening of the democratic process in Pakistan; the resolution reaffirms friendship and strategic partnership with a democratic Pakistan.

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