Three-member Pak image repair team in USNovember 29th, 2007 - 4:01 pm ICT by admin
Washington, Nov 29 (ANI): In an effort to give a makeover to the countrys image that suffered widespread damages following the imposition of an emergency rule on November 3, a three-member Pakistani delegation has arrived in the US.
Led by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf, the image-repair team will explain to US policy-makers and opinion leaders as to why General (retd.) Pervez Musharraf declared an emergency and why his subsequent actions should be seen as justified.
The team, which includes Federal Minister Mohammad Ali Saif and former Member of the National Assembly Kashmala Tariq, is taking the same route that every such delegation or important figure sent to the US generally takes.
The Daily Times reported that without exception, in New York, the local mission arranges for a speaking engagement at Asia Society, which normally attracts an audience of 50 or more people, unless the speaker advertised is someone well known. However, this team may not be much of a draw. The local mission also manages to arrange for visitors from home to call on newspaper editorial boards or some members of these boards, and has been known to manage a TV interview or two as well.
The Asia Society meeting will take takes place on Friday at 8.30 a.m.
Even with the announcement of general elections scheduled for January 2008, Pakistans political situation remains uncertain. General (r) Pervez Musharraf will likely be sworn in as head of state on Thursday, read a notice put by Asia Society and circulated by the Pakistan Mission in New York.
Former Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif have returned to Pakistan after living in exile for extended periods of time. They have filed nomination papers to contest parliamentary elections but both are holding out the option of boycotting. To make its case in the US, the Musharraf government has sent a Special Delegation of officials to make the governments case. Please join us for an in-depth and challenging dialogue with the members of this delegation on the way forward in Pakistan, it added.
The delegation will arrive in Washington on December 2 for four days, during which it will make calls on Capitol Hill and also meet leaders of the Pakistan Caucus in Congress, an embassy official said. (ANI)
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