PM Khan not to attend Malaysia summit

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Prime Minister Imran Khan with Malaysian Premier Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at PM Office in Putrajayga Malaysia on 21st Nov, 2018. (AFP / File)
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Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad speaks during the soft launch of the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019 in Putrajaya, Nov. 21, 2019. (Photo courtesy: Malay Mail)
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Updated 18 December 2019

PM Khan not to attend Malaysia summit

  • Malaysia’s PM said he had received a call from Khan, regretting over not being able to attend the event
  • No word from Pakistan who would represent it in the summit

KUALA LUMPUR/ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has opted out of the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019.

In a press statement, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he had received a call from Khan on Monday, in which the Pakistani leader conveyed his regret over not being able to attend the event which begins on Wednesday and will run through Saturday.

He also labeled as “misinformation” the allegations that the summit was intended to become a competitor to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Khan was expected to be one of the summit’s key speakers, who also include other Mulsim world leaders.

Mahathir said Malaysia “has invited all 56 countries of the Islamic world and all 56 are represented at various levels.”

“As a small nation, Malaysia is fully aware of its limitations and capabilities. We are merely attempting to contribute what little we can to the betterment of the Ummah,” he added.

According to daily Dawn Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, while talking to a group of journalists in Islamabad on Tuesday, said no one from Pakistan would attend the summit in Kuala Lumpur.


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.