With Pak-US relations reaching their lowest ebb in recent history, the Pak American Initiative (PAI), a non-governmental effort, announced its mission statement to improve bilateral relations through mutual confidence building measures.
The PAI mission, unveiled here on Monday, seeks to bring peace and harmony to the region by improving relations between the two erstwhile allies.
PAI convener Syed Jawaid Iqbal on the occasion said that the “prime purpose of this body is to dilute differences between the two countries” He added that it was important for PAI to be perceived as a neutral platform for discussion rather than being viewed as biased towards either Pakistan or the United States.
Iqbal highlighted reopening of Nato supply routes, apology over the Salala attack and alleged support to Haqqani network as difficult yet urgent challenges requiring mutually acceptable solutions.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2012.
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