July 13, 2010

In late June, The Washington Post had an article highlighting efforts by the American Embassy in Islamabad to correct the record when inaccuracies about the United States appear in the Pakistani press. Then, last Friday, the weekly public radio show On the Media had an interview with the lead spokesman for the United States Embassy in Islamabad, Larry Schwartz to discuss the effort reported in The Washington Post’s earlier article.

Pakistan and the United States on Wednesday decided to explore the possibilities of enhancing cooperation in the media sector. A meeting to explore the possibilities of enhanced cooperation between the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the United States under Pak-US Sectoral Dialogue was held here.

Pakistan will start monitoring seven major websites, including Google, Yahoo and Amazon, for sacrilegious content, while blocking 17 other, lesser-known sites it deems offensive to Muslims, an official said Friday.

India has said that, for bridging the "trust deficit" with Pakistan, it was ready to address all issues of mutual concern through dialogue and peaceful negotiations and called for "creative solutions" to solve the problems that have bedevilled the bilateral relationship for decades.

U.S. and Pakistani defense officials wrapped up a four-day session in Pakistan today aimed at expanding the two countries’ defense relationship to address current and future threats. The Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue Defense Working Group, known as the Exchange on Defense Planning, met at Pakistan’s Joint Staff Headquarters in Rawalpindi as part of the strategic dialogue process, embassy officials in Islamabad reported.

The suspension of the India-Pakistan composite dialogue in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks allowed non-state actors to succeed in "dictating their agenda", Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Monday.

My interest has stemmed from a curiosity about how you can engage in discussions about international affairs that preach beyond the choir and involve non-traditional stakeholders in non-traditional diplomacy.

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, who arrived here [Madrid] Tuesday on a two-day official visit, will discuss bilateral relations between Pakistan and Spain with his counterpart and others.
Prime Minister Gilani who is heading a high-level Pakistani delegation is expected to sign three important agreements with the government of Spain.