Malaysian PM due to arrive in Islamabad on Thursday

Prime Minister Imran Khan with his Malaysian counterpart, Mahathir Mohammad, as they look through a photo album of Khan's visit from November last year. (Photo courtesy: PID/File)
Updated 20 March 2019

Malaysian PM due to arrive in Islamabad on Thursday

  • Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will be guest of honour at Pakistan Day parade
  • Premier's visit to focus on enhancing economic and defense ties between the two countries, Foreign Office says

ISLAMABAD: Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will arrive in Islamabad tomorrow on invitation from Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Foreign Office said on Wednesday.

The three-day visit will see Mohamad attend, as guest of honor, the Pakistan Day parade which will be held in Islamabad on March 23.

“The Malaysian prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including several leading businessmen,” the statement released by the Foreign Office read.

Mohamad’s bilateral engagements will include a meeting with President Dr Arif Alvi and PM Khan, followed by delegation-level talks.

“The two prime ministers will also speak at the round-table meeting of the CEOs of industries, who desire to invest in the automobile and telecommunication sectors of Pakistan,” the statement added.

Pakistan is hoping that Mohamad’s visit will further cement the existing ties between the two countries.

“The focus of the interest is on enhancing economic, trade, investment, and defense ties, for the mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries,” the statement read.

PM Khan visited Malaysia in November last year and agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.


Train crashes into passenger bus in south Pakistan, 19 dead

Updated 28 February 2020

Train crashes into passenger bus in south Pakistan, 19 dead

  • The accident took place near the district of Rohri, about 470 kilometers north of Karachi
  • Pakistan Express was en route to Lahore from Karachi

KARACHI: A train crashed into a bus carrying passengers at an unmanned railway crossing in southern Pakistan on Friday evening, killing at least 19 people and injuring 43 others, a railway official said.
Tariq Kolachi said the accident took place near the district of Rohri, about 470 kilometers north of Karachi. He said the casualties were on both the bus and the train.
It wasn’t immediately clear who was to blame for the mishap, Kolchi said.
Kolachi said the passenger train, called the Pakistan Express, was en route to Lahore from Karachi, the capital of Sindh province.
The injured were transported to area hospitals, he said.
Train accidents are common in Pakistan, mainly because of the poorly kept railroad system and automobile driver negligence.