According to a press release by Consulate General of the United States of America, Brian Heath said that the reception was about celebrating Pakistan’s cultural diversity and showing our appreciation for the dedication and hard work of its Pakhtun-speaking journalists.
“As the Pakhtun community has a marked passion for beautiful literature, we decided to organize a poetry reading to share in this love of elegantly arranged verse”, Heath said.
“Journalism is a dangerous profession in many places around the world, including Pakistan. Too many of your colleagues have given their lives in their efforts to report the news. A free press plays a critical role in democratic society and your continued efforts to report objectively are to be commended”, he said.
To better reach diverse audiences across Pakistan, last year the U.S. Consulate Karachi launched Urdu and Sindhi language versions of its web site and the Consulate regularly posts on Facebook and Twitter in English, Urdu, Sindhi, Baloch and Pakhtun, the release said.