Pakistanis rooted for New Zealand as England won the World Cup final

England's captain Eoin Morgan lifts the World Cup trophy as England's players celebrate their win after the 2019 Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on July 14, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 15 July 2019

Pakistanis rooted for New Zealand as England won the World Cup final

  • England won the World Cup for the first time in a dramatic super over, as the nerve-wrecking contest ended in a tie at Lord’s
  • Pakistanis remain hopeful their team will lift the World Cup again one day

ISLAMABAD: Despite their team’s exit from the Cricket World Cup 2019, Pakistanis remained enthusiastic about the tournament, as many of them rooted for New Zealand in the final match.
Asked why they were supporting the Kiwis, some of the cricket fans pointed out that New Zealand had expressed tremendous solidarity with Muslims following the Christchurch mosque attacks in March this year.
The Kiwis battled England for the grand trophy on Sunday, but lost.
Pakistani remain passionate for cricket and many of them hope that their team will one day lift the Word Cup again. Arab News has more in this video


Mahathir gifts PM Khan 'made in Malaysia' car

Updated 15 December 2019

Mahathir gifts PM Khan 'made in Malaysia' car

  • PM adviser on commerce will receive the Malaysian X-70 Proton car at a ceremony in Islamabad on Monday
  • The Proton corporation has begun manufacturing cars in Karachi, along with a local partner

ISLAMABAD: A luxury car gifted to Prime Minister Imran Khan by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, has arrived in Pakistan and will be handed over to the government in a ceremony at the Malaysian High Commission in Islamabad on Monday.
Mohamad gifted the Malaysian manufactured X-70 Proton to Khan during his three-day official visit to Pakistan in March earlier this year. 
A Proton joint venture between Pakistan and Malaysia was first agreed on last year, and was the center-piece of a series of agreements signed during Mohamad’s visit.
“This will go a long way in consolidating the excellent relations between the two Muslim countries,” Razak Dawood, Khan’s adviser on commerce, told Arab News on Sunday.
Dawood will receive the car on behalf of the Prime Minister. A symbolic car key was already presented to Khan by the Malaysian PM at a signing ceremony in Islamabad.

In this file photo, the 2019 Proton X70 SUV is revealed during an official launching ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Dec. 12, 2018. (AFP)

The manufacturing and assembly of the Malaysian Proton cars has already begun in Pakistan with a local partner, Al Hajj Automotive. 
The Proton plant, near the southern port city of Karachi, is the latest in a series of assembly deals set up in Pakistan by international auto-makers including Volkswagen AG and Hyundai Motors.
The Malaysian-based company, Proton, was established in 1983 and has so far sold 3 million cars worldwide. Proton cars are sold in more than 25 countries including Britain, Singapore and Australia.
Pakistan warmed up bilateral relations with Malaysia after Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the country in November last year. Multiple investment agreements have also been signed in different sectors as part of Islamabad’s efforts to attract foreign investment, to boost a fragile economy and create job opportunities.
The investment projects that Malaysia has promised to carry out in Pakistan include its Edotco Group’s agreements in the telecom sector with local units of China Mobile and Telenor, as well as local mobile group, Jazz.
Other deals include a halal meat agreement signed by the foods unit of Pakistan’s Fauji Foundation conglomerate and a $20 million venture capital agreement between Pakistan’s Fatima Ventures and Gobi Partners of Malaysia.