Author Archives: PD-wali

About PD-wali

I am a State Department Public Diplomacy (PD) Officer working in the Press Section at the US Embassy in Islamabad.

16 Days, 16 Ways: U.S. Support for Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan

From the mega-metropolises of Karachi and Lahore to the countryside near Mardan and Multan, the U.S. Mission in Pakistan is working to improve the lives of Pakistani women and combat gender-based violence. For the recent international “16 Days of Activism” campaign, we … Continue reading

Posted in In Pakistan, Women's Empowerment

U.S. Helps Journalists During a Time of Crisis in Pakistan

Almost immediately after the onset of the worst floods in Pakistan’s history last summer, the U.S. government’s response effort leaped into action. In the four months since the floods hit, the United States has contributed $500 million to relief and early … Continue reading

Posted in Flood Relief, In Pakistan

U.S. Embassy Islamabad Celebrates International Education Week

  In honor of International Education Week (IEW), the U.S. Embassy reached out to young Pakistanis to say: Study in the U.S.A.! International Education Week is a joint initiative by the U.S. Departments of State and Education to attract foreign students … Continue reading

Posted in In Pakistan, People to People Ties

Honoring Daniel Pearl’s Legacy with Pakistani Rock

Saturday nights in Islamabad are usually pretty sleepy. But on October 9, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad “overloaded” the auditorium at the Pakistani National Council of Arts in a concert to celebrate the legacy of Daniel Pearl. The Pakistani band … Continue reading

Posted in In Pakistan

Ambassador Holbrooke Visits Flood Affected Areas in Pakistan

While the American news media has turned to mid-term elections and football season, Pakistan continues to flood. It is natural for coverage to fade after a natural disaster is over. However, in Pakistan, heavy rains continue. While water is receding … Continue reading

Posted in Flood Relief, In Pakistan

PD-wali Reading List

Here’s what I’ve been reading to prepare for my assignment: Pakistan: Eye of the Storm by Owen Bennett Jones – an insightful study of Pakistan’s post-partition history from the perspective of a BBC Correspondent who lived in Pakistan from 1998-2001. … Continue reading

Posted in Pakistan Prep

Preparing to Serve in Pakistan

In a 2001 editorial, Richard Holbrooke asked, “How can a man in a cave out-communicate the world’s leading communications society?” Since then, the U.S. government has worked hard to improve its ability to communicate its views and create dialogues to … Continue reading

Posted in Pakistan Prep