Outgoing US Consul General in Pakistan shares his Top Ten Memories: AKTC restored Walled City Project

Outgoing US Consul General in Pakistan shares his Top Ten Memories: AKTC restored Walled City Project
Zachary Harkenrider visiting the Wazir Khan Masjid in Lahore, with the Agha Khan Trust – partners in the restoration of the Masjid’s historic façade and chowk

Three years is not much time in which to learn about a society as diverse, complex, and fascinating as Pakistan. However, for foreign diplomats, it is a fairly long tour. As I leave, I wanted to share with the Express Tribune readers what I hope will be an interesting and unique perspective on this great country; on some of the things that we, in the American government, have done with our Pakistani partners; and, of some of the things I have most appreciated during my time here.

Outgoing US Consul General in Pakistan shares his Top Ten Memories: AKTC restored Walled City ProjectViewing Mughal Architecture

I have lived in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan off and on since 1999, and I have always been impressed by the symmetry, the beauty, and the science of Mughal architecture. Lahore and Punjab boast so many examples of 16th and 17th century architectural excellence that it is like a giant museum, open for the edification of all comers. Walled City Authority, the Agha Khan Cultural Service Pakistan, and the Punjab Department of Archaeology are doing an exceptional job of restoring and interpreting these treasures. In the future, I hope that more Americans and westerners will come here and have the chance to see what I have seen.

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