Secretary Clinton Congratulates People of Pakistan on Their National Day

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 23, 2010

Statement in Pashto|Statement in Urdu

In a video message, Secretary Clinton congratulated the people of Pakistan as they mark their National Day on March 23. Secretary Clinton said:

"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Pakistan as you mark your National Day on March 23rd. Almost seventy years ago, men who would become the Founding Fathers of Pakistan met in Lahore and helped shape the birth of your nation.

"Pakistan is close to my heart, and I have been privileged to make five visits over the years. And I have seen firsthand how special your country is -- rich with history and culture, blessed with natural beauty, and home to people of unforgettable warmth and strength.

"This week I am honored to welcome Foreign Minister Qureshi and other Pakistani officials to Washington for our first Ministerial-level U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue. The United States is supporting Pakistan's efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, foster economic development, expand opportunity, and defeat the extremist groups who threaten Pakistan, the region, and even our own country. Our broad partnership is based on mutual respect and mutual interest, and this dialogue will be an opportunity to forge even closer ties between our nations.

"Today, your country is suffering from terrorism and your security forces and civilians are making great sacrifices to fight extremists. The people of the United States will stand by and support Pakistani efforts to build a peaceful and prosperous future. We wish you a happy Pakistan Day."



United Kingdom
March 23, 2010

Nawaz in United Kingdom writes:

What utter tosh from the Sec. of State.

Pakistan is one of the most nefarious, insidious, corrupt countries in the world. With a political and judicial system in tatters, the vast majority of people living in abject poverty (and were it not for the Diaspora in the 40’s and 50’s, it would be a lot worse), a state which is almost literally crumbling under the weight of its own ineffectiveness AND a democracy which has become nothing more than a family heirloom, I will not hold my breath about what the Sec of State will discuss with FM Qureshi.

Will it be about Pakistan’s corrupt, fragmented autocracy which, as usual, will become a patrimonial state? Will it be about feminine rights throughout the South Asian nation? Will it be about Pakistan’s crass, woeful judicial procedures, its routine torture of innocents, its false trials and unjust incarcerations? Hmm..

Or.. Will it be about Pakistan’s role in the War on [T]error? Hmm.. I wonder.

Sec. of State, why don’t you discuss the state of Pakistan’s democracy, seeing as the US (and you, by default) are so keen on establishing it in the Middle East and South Asia?

Oh, and while you’re at it, why don’t you call over the some of your friendly allies in the Middle East, namely the Foreign Ministers of Libya, Morocco, Jordan, Oman and of course, Saudi Arabia and even TRY to discuss democracy with them.

Undoubtedly, they’ll all be Princes, and you’ll bow to them courteously.

It’s all a sick bloody joke.

California, USA
March 24, 2010

Masood in California writes:

Secretary Clinton, your visits to Pakistan and open discussions with media and the people of Pakistan has brought you closer to the hearts of millions of Pakistanis.

Talk shows, editorials and opinions in Pakistan realizes this is first time ever that U.S.Secretary of State engages with such openness making efforts to build bridges between two nations.

Ejaz F.
April 16, 2010

Ejaz F. in Pakistan writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton,

The People of Pakistan feel honoured & graced by your congratulatory mesaage on the eve of the Pakistan Day.

Your message & your attire all spoke of the Friendship, Understanding & Love that you hold for Pakistan.

Thank you once again Secretary Clinton.


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