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ISLAMABAD: The United States Chargé d’affaires, Angela Aggeler, Wednesday said that Pakistan needs to do more to protect intellectual property rights, enforce contracts and regulations by eliminating discriminatory taxation.

She was speaking at International Virtual Conference, “Pakistan-US ties: The way forward”, organised by Area Study Centre for Africa, North and South America, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, in collaboration with Attorney Dawood Ghazanavi, founder of “Dawood Law Associates”.

The speakers of the conference were US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Al Green, Vice chancellor QAU Islamabad Prof Dr Mohammad Ali, US Chargé d’affaires Angela Aggeler, former US ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter, Deputy Director and Senior Assistant for South Asia, Wilson Centre, Washington Michael Kugelman, journalist Zahid Hussain, Director General, Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad Ambassador (retd) Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Senior Director, South Asia Centre, Atlantic Council, Washington, Irfan Nooruddin, Director General Americas, Foreign Office, Mudassar Tipu, President, Institute of Regional Studies Islamabad Ambassador (retd) Nadeem Riyaz, Analyst, Speaker US-Pakistan Relations Attorney Dawood Ghazanavi, and Dr Sadia Sulaiman, Assistant Prof ASC, QAU, Islamabad.

Angela Aggeler said that this is an important moment for the US and Pakistan relations, adding that by any measures the ties between US and Pakistan are robust.

She stated that the US believes in bilateral relationship with Pakistan, adding that a secure Pakistan is in best interest of the US too.

She said that the US has always viewed strong and prosper Pakistan, adding that both Pakistan and the US have collectively addressed a number of challenges together in the past.

She said that both sides are working together on regional peace and security, climate change, Covid-19 pandemic, as well as, improving education and boosting bilateral trade. She also mentioned that the two sides also share enduring military-to-military relations and naval exercises, adding that the two sides remained focus on counterterrorism initiatives.

“Pakistan must need to do more to protect intellectual property rights enforce contracts and predictable policy and regulations and eliminate discriminatory taxation,” Aggeler stated, according to a press release of the virtual conference.

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