PM Khan receives Malaysia's 'exciting' Proton car from Mahathir

Prime Minister Imran Khan with Malaysian Premier Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at PM Office in Putrajayga Malaysia on 21st Nov, 2018. (PID)
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Updated 16 December 2019

PM Khan receives Malaysia's 'exciting' Proton car from Mahathir

  • The “made in Malaysia” X-70 Proton vehicle was handed over in a ceremony held at the Malaysia High Commission on Monday
  • Proton corporation manufactures vehicles in Karachi along with a local partner

ISLAMABAD: A luxury car gifted to Prime Minister Imran Khan by his Malaysian counterpart, Mahathir Mohamad, was handed over to the government during a ceremony at the Malaysian High Commission in Islamabad on Monday.

Razak Dawood, Khan’s adviser on commerce, received the car on behalf of the prime minister.

“This gift is a demonstration of the love & respect between the two countries and will further consolidate the excellent bilateral relations,” Dawood said in a tweet on Monday. 

Earlier, Dawood told Arab News that the gesture would go a long way in consolidating the relations between the two Muslim countries.
The Malaysian-manufactured X-70 Proton was gifted to Khan during Mahathir’s three-day visit to Islamabad in March earlier this year.
A joint venture between Pakistan and Malaysia involving Proton was first agreed upon last year amid a series of agreements signed during Mahathir’s visit to the country.
The manufacturing and assembly of the Malaysian Proton cars have 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 automakers 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 food unit of Pakistan’s Fauji Foundation conglomerate and a $20 million venture capital agreement between Pakistan’s Fatima Ventures and Gobi Partners of Malaysia.


Pakistani FM calls Pompeo, discusses India’s ‘regressive policies’ in Kashmir

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Pakistani FM calls Pompeo, discusses India’s ‘regressive policies’ in Kashmir

  • Qureshi tells the US state secretary that Pakistan will be Washington’s peace partner in the region
  • Says Islamabad hoped for the earliest convening of intra-Afghan negotiations

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday thanked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for American participation in the United Nations Security Council debate over India’s “continuing regressive policies” in Kashmir on August 5, adding that the Security Council deliberations had once again reaffirmed the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to an official handout circulated in Islamabad, Qureshi had a phone call with the US official in which he discussed the United States-Pakistan relations along with other regional developments.
Stressing the importance of the bilateral relations between the two countries, the foreign minister said that “Pakistan would be a partner for peace with the US.”
Qureshi also noted that “the continued interest and commitment of the international community would help generate the necessary momentum toward the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and the relevant UN Security Council security resolutions.”
Reviewing the recent developments in Afghanistan, he also reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to an inclusive and comprehensive political settlement in the war-torn country.
“The Foreign Minister stressed that the Afghan peace process should be pursued in earnest. Noting the holding of Loya Jirga, he expressed the hope that a conducive environment would be created for the earliest convening of the intra-Afghan negotiations,” said the statement.
Exchanging notes on the COVID-19 pandemic, Qureshi thanked Pompeo for the US support and assistance. He also added that the government’s “smart lockdown” policy had helped Pakistan gradually open up its economy.