Pakistan looks for US lobbyist

Pakistan looks for US lobbyist

Washington, June 27 (IANS) Pakistan is looking for a paid lobbyist in the US following Washington’s refusal to subsidize an F-16 deal and its support to induct India into the NSG, it was reported on Monday.

Pakistan embassy spokesman Nadeem Hotiana confirmed to Dawn that Islamabad was looking for a lobbyist but had not yet taken any decision.

The daily described the two issues as “two recent diplomatic disasters”.

US Justice Department record shows that the last law firm to lobby for Pakistan in Washington was Locke Lord Strategies, Dawn said.

Pakistan failed to renew its contract with the firm in July 2013, about a month after a new government took office in Islamabad.

The embassy was paying $75,000 a month to this group, which is the lobbying arm of the law firm Locke Lord.

Dawn said that the firm had little influence on the Hill. It proved ineffective in lobbying the US media for Pakistan. After Nawaz Sharif took office, Pakistani diplomats were told to do the lobbying themselves.

But the general perception in Washington, particularly on the Hill, was that Pakistan was not sincere vis-a-vis the US.

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  1. My world of advice to any American firm taking up lobbying assignments for Pakistan is to take money in advance, issue a receipt and then start the work. They should put a signboard in their offices which has the English equivalent of “AAJ NAGAD KAL UDAR”.

    Pakistan is a broke country and I fear that in two years it may face bankruptcy and countries and financial institutions that have lent her money will be in a soup and have to console themselves by listening to fast numbers like “Singh is King,” “Sheila ki Jawani.” “Muni badnam hooyi,” and other catchy numbers and consuming copious draughts of whisky or vodka. Will they offer me a few bottles to grieve with them, so that I can get emotional on their plight, whine and shed tears.

    Even if the lobbyist is good, he will be holding a weak brief for their client that is known the world over as producer and convey belt for terrorists, a terrorist state, a sham democracy where the Prime Minister is very corrupt and a puppet, who dances to the tune of the Army Chief.

    So, be on your guard lobbyists or you will be in for a rude shock.

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