WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement on marking Pakistan Day:
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the people of Pakistan on the March 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Lahore Resolution, which laid the foundation for the modern Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
“Pakistan is a friend and partner of the United States, and as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee that oversees U.S. policy toward south Asia, I have sought to build stronger ties among the people of our respective countries. Pakistan is a partner in the fight against extremism, but U.S.-Pakistani relations are about much more than just security cooperation. I am proud to have supported the 2009 Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act, an assistance package to Pakistan which recognizes the breadth of our relationship and devotes considerable resources to enhancing the U.S.-Pakistani partnership via diplomacy and development. I had the opportunity to travel to Pakistan in 2008 and 2009 and look forward to visiting again this year.
“I join the people of Pennsylvania to extend my best wishes to all Pakistanis for a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan Day.”