Mahatir to grace Pakistan Day ceremony as chief guest

Published: February 21, 2019
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Malaysia's PM Mahathir Mohamad listens to Imran Khan during a welcoming ceremony at the prime minister's in Putrajaya. PHOTO: AFP

Malaysia's PM Mahathir Mohamad listens to Imran Khan during a welcoming ceremony at the prime minister's in Putrajaya. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad will arrive in Islamabad on March 22, to grace the annual Pakistan Day celebrations as chief guest.

The visit comes after Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is a self-confessed Mahatir fan, had invited the Malaysian leader to attend the March 23 ceremony in Islamabad.

The two countries are expected to hold meetings and sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in investment and trade sectors.

PM Imran arrives in Malaysia on two-day official visit

Imran led a delegation to Kuala Lumpur in November last year, during which the two sides agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in trade, privatisation, foreign direct investment, food, and tourism.

“We look up to him [Mahatir] – a leader who transformed his country. We have followed Malaysia’s progress and my party [Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf] wants to learn from your leadership. How Malaysia transformed its economy, developed and raised per capita and gross domestic product,” said the premier in a joint press conference with his Malaysian counterpart.

Noting that the two leaders had acquired mandate campaigning on an anti-corruption platform, PM Imran said both the governments were faced with a similar situation: the crisis of unprecedented debt. He added that the discussion revolved around dealing with and coming out of the present crisis

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