KARACHI - New US Consul General Michael Dodman visited the Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah Saturday morning to pay homage to the Father of the Nation and laid floral wreath.

He recorded his impressions on the visitors’ book and responded to some question of the media. He was accompanied by cultural affairs officer Kristine Haworth and press officer Richard Silver. In visitors’ book he wrote that Mr Jinnah had inspiring vision for Pakistan. “This vision is not only for Pakistanis but it is for American people as well. We share lot of value for this vision. We share common respect for democracy and freedom as embodied by Mr Jinnah”.

Talking to media he said that US was providing civilian assistance to Pakistan, focussed on energy, health and education sectors and this assistance will continue.

He said US will also continue to provide assistance under Coalition Support Fund. “We provide this assistance because we support strong and prosperous Pakistan. As far as our cultural exchanges are concern these will continue”, he added.

Responding to a question whether assistance under CFS was sufficient, Dodman said that for US this was sufficient. Let Pakistan tell us whether it is sufficient, he noted.

To another question, he said that he wanted to see closer economic ties between USA and Pakistan, business connections and more people to people connection. I have always focussed on economic cooperation, health and education in my career of 25 years and I will be working on these areas here in Karachi.

US diplomat said that he will try to bring American visitors to come to Karachi and talk with leaders here.

I hope we can promote more cooperation between USA and Pakistan, he observed.

Dodman said he was honoured to visit the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah the founding father of Pakistan. Its been a great honour to visit this beautiful facility and gorgeous park and have a great view of Karachi from here. I am humbled to pay respect to Pakistan’s founding father, he noted.

“The vision Mr Jinnah had for Pakistan is an inspiring vision not only for Pakistanis but for people as well. We share common respect for democracy and freedom as embodies by Mr Jinnah, he said.    

US Consul General said that in the last two weeks since he has arrived in Karachi, he is listening, learning and talking to people, leaders, government officials and now media. I have to learn a lot about Pakistan, Karachi, Sindh and Balochistan”, he opined.