WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan said that Pakistan was committed to the universal values of tolerance, inclusivity and respect for people of all faiths.
He highlighted this in his interaction with the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Los Angeles.
During the conversation, Ambassador Masood Khan briefed them on the positive momentum in the bilateral relations and noted that while both countries coordinate on strategic issues, it was the close people-to-people ties that form the foundation of this strong partnership.
He appreciated the philanthropic work as well as investments in Pakistan, especially in healthcare by the Church of Latter-Day Saints and thanked them for donating US$ 2 million to support relief and recovery efforts in the flood affected areas.
he Ambassador also noted that the Church’s outreach to the diplomatic community in the U.S. was an effective way of creating understanding between the peoples of different faiths.
Mathew Ball, Director Public and International Affairs of the Church briefed the Ambassador on the humanitarian initiatives taken by the Church in Pakistan.
He said that since 1995, the Church had implemented 107 humanitarian projects in Pakistan.
In response to recent flooding in Pakistan, the Church has worked with local NGOs on 9 humanitarian projects, including the provision of emergency housing, clean water, medical supplies, water purification kits and food.
The projects were implemented in all flood affected provinces and benefited an estimated 230,000 individuals.