Category: Embassies

Pakistani Air Force cadet departs for America to attend U.S. Air Force Academy

Islamabad, June 16, 2017 (PPI-OT):Muhammad Shahrukh Khan, 19, from Lahore, who was accepted into the United States Air Force (USAF) Academy for four years of rigorous academic and military training, departed for the United States. “I’m excited to go, to learn about the world and people and their different backgrounds,” said Shahrukh, who plans to study engineering at the academy. “From a military standpoint, it will be a chance for me to excel. I learned a lot in Pakistan. The U.S. Air Force Academy will teach me new and different things. ”

Shahrukh was among 12 students nominated by the Pakistani military to compete in the Service Academy Foreign Student program. Under this program, partner nations nominate outstanding young men and women for the opportunity to compete for admission to the prestigious U.S. military academies. Due to the critical military relationship between Pakistan and the United States, Pakistan is one of only 12 countries designated by the United States Secretary Defense as a priority appointment country.

In February, Shahrukh and the other cadets completed the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) and interview portions of their applications at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. The CFA is a test of strength, agility, speed and endurance used to predict a candidate’s aptitude for the physical program at the military academies. In the interviews, the applicants demonstrated their strength of character and commitment to service in Pakistan’s Armed Forces.

In May at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Brigadier General Kenneth Ekman congratulated Shahrukh, presented him books about America and gave him advice about his upcoming move to the USAF Academy in Colorado.

“I can attest to how much of an impact the service academy had on my military career and my life and fondly remember graduating with some exceptional partner-nation classmates, many of whom went on to become leaders in their services and defense establishments,” said Ekman, who graduated from the USAF Academy in 1991. “Shahrukh will have a perspective no one else in the class will have. He’ll help the class see things differently and understand Pakistan and the Pakistani Air Force.”

Pakistan currently has one student enrolled in the United States Naval Academy, three in the United States Air Force Academy, and four in the United States Military Academy. One of Brigadier General Ekman’s classmates at the USAF Academy, Mukkarem Q. Khan, also graduated in 1991 and served with distinction in the Pakistan Air Force for more than 10 years.

“There can be no more rewarding experience in one’s life than to attend the USAF Academy,” Khan said. “It refines a human being academically, physically and emotionally, and exudes excellence unprejudiced by race, colour, religion or national origin. The inculcation at USAFA has always remained a source of strength and acumen for me — as a fighter pilot, as a family man and as a proud citizen of Pakistan.” Additional Information on the United States Military Academy can be found at www.usma.edu and on the United States Air Force Academy at www.usafa.af.mil.

For more information, contact:
Spokesman
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2082911, +92-51-2081136
Cell: +92-300-5012640
Fax: +92-51-2278607
Email: webmasterisb@state.gov

U.S. Embassy leads Pakistani delegation to International Franchise Expo

Islamabad, June 15, 2017 (PPI-OT):The U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) is leading this week a delegation of Pakistani companies from Karachi, Islamabad, and Mirpur to the International Franchise Expo 2017, in New York, USA. The expo is the largest franchise expo in the United States, and runs from June 15-17. More than 400 exhibitors, including leading U.S. franchise concepts in a variety of sectors, will display their newest services and products.

At the expo, Pakistani companies will have the opportunity to negotiate business deals with American franchise companies, bringing new high quality entrants into the fast-growing Pakistani consumer market. CS will support the Pakistani companies in attendance with Business-to-Business (B2B) matchmaking, and trade counselling.

Highlighting the importance of Pakistan’s participation in the Expo, American Commercial Counsellor Steve Knode noted, “Many U.S. franchise concepts have opened and thrived in Pakistan, and I think there is demand for much more. We are delighted to showcase other terrific U.S. franchise brands at IFE to our Pakistani delegation members, who we hope will one day bring America’s best products and services to Pakistan’s consumers.”

The United States is Pakistan’s largest trading partner, and in 2016, USCS led more than 200 Pakistani businesspeople to key U.S. trade shows, ranging from poultry products and waste management, to information technology and solar power. The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.

For more information, contact:
Spokesman
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2082911, +92-51-2081136
Cell: +92-300-5012640
Fax: +92-51-2278607
Email: webmasterisb@state.gov

Exchange Alumni Call for Coherent Efforts to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change in South, East and Central Asian Nations

Islamabad, November 14, 2016 (PPI-OT):On Saturday, the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) launched a three-day international climate change conference “Changing Minds for Climate Change” in Islamabad. More than 250 alumni of […]