Pak-US ties based on mutual respect: Punjab governor
30 January, 2013
LAHORE: The relationship between Pakistan and the United States is based upon mutual respect, cooperation and a spirit of goodwill, said Punjab Governor Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood while talking to US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson at the Governor's House.
The two officials discussed political and national security issues related to the war on terror.
According to a press note issued by the Governor's House, the governor said that Pakistan was the front-runner ally of the US in the war against terrorism as well as restoring peace in this region, and added that the country had made valiant sacrifices for this cause and was continuing to do so.
He said that the Pakistani government was a firm believer in democracy and empowerment of its people, and its first priority was to hold free and fair elections in the stipulated time. He further emphasised that "we need to obliterate mismanagement and corruption from this nation in order to advance towards national prosperity".
Olson stated that the US was a staunch supporter of democracy and was looking forward to timely and transparent elections to bring forth a credible leadership. He further said that his country was not a supporter of any single political party, but was a supporter of the Pakistani nation.