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Malaysian PM to be the guest of honour at Pakistan Day Parade: DG ISPR


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Major General Asif Ghafoor, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations has informed that Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Muhammad will be the guest of honor on Pakistan’s Day parade on March 23rd, 2019.

The other guests include the Defence Minister Azerbaijan, Chief of Army Staff Bahrain and government officials from Oman. Also, various contingents from Azerbaijan, Bahrain, China, KSA, Sri Lanka & Turkey will participate in Parade, he informed in a Twitter post.

Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Muhammad is expected to visit this month upon the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He will be accompanied by a delegation of investors and traders for potential business opportunities. Both the countries are expected to sign several Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) in the trade sector. Furthermore, Malaysia is likely to abolish import duty on Pakistan’s edible oil.

Pakistan is expected to sign major defense deals with Turkey. Turkey, on the other hand, has also expressed its interest in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Imran Khan had visited Malaysia last year in November along with a delegation. The two sides agreed to extend cooperation in trade, tourism, food privatization, and foreign direct investment.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan calls himself a fan of Mahathir bin Muhammad. “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.

Imran Khan became the first head of the state to visit Malaysia since Mahathir bin Muhammad became the Malaysian Prime Minister the second time. Both PM Khan and Mahathir bin Muhammad had won their respective elections on the basis of the anti-corruption campaign.

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Following, Mahathir bin Muhammad, the Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan is expected to visit Pakistan the same month. Pakistan is expected to sign major defense deals with Turkey. Turkey, on the other hand, has also expressed its interest in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.