Mahathir’s visit to Pakistan


Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad departed for Jakarta after concluding a successful three-day trip to Islamabad.
Pakistan and Malaysia have said dialogue is the only way forward to ensure peace and stability in the region and to resolve outstanding issues, said a press release issued by the Foreign Office at the conclusion of Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s visit.
Dr Mohamad and Prime Minister Imran discussed the prospects of enhanced trade and economic relations. PM Imran also briefed his Malaysian counterpart about the gross human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
The two countries also signed various memorandums of understanding (MoU) and agreements for bilateral cooperation in diverse areas. The MoUs were related to the telecommunication, technology, automobiles, and halal food sectors.
Before the departure, the Malaysian prime minister was given a briefing about the light weight, all-weather and multi-role JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft at the Nur Khan Airbase. He evinced keen interest in its various qualities.
Dr Mohamad, who was also presented a flying jacket on the occasion, inspected the cockpit of a JF-17 Thunder and received a briefing on its technical details from officers of Pakistan Air Force (PAF). Malaysia along with some other countries has shown interest in procuring the fighter aircraft.
The Malaysian premier visited the country on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, and was the chief guest at the Pakistan Day parade.
Mahathir, who was accompanied by a high-level delegation, was received at the Nur Khan airbase by the prime minister, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Khusro Bakhtiar. He was given a 21-gun salute upon his arrival.
President Dr Arif Alvi conferred the country’s top civil award — Nishan-e-Pakistan — on Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
The award was given at a ceremony held at the President House which was attended by the premier, federal ministers, parliamentarians, services chiefs and members of the Malaysian delegation.
Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce Razak Dawood told a news conference in Islamabad that the visit largely aimed at enhancing business-to-business contacts and using them for Pakistan’s outreach to Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Mahathir Mohamad visited Pakistan on important time and concluded his visit successfully. In the past, Malaysia had grown well under the dynamic leadership of Mahathir Mohammed and now he again took the charge of the government to make it more strong country. Pakistan needs to seek from Malaysia as it has achieved good success in the field of economy in the past because of continuty and consistency of policies. We hope this visit will pave way for strong economic and friendly relationship of both countries in future.


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