PM Khan arrives in Malaysia

In this file photo, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is accompanied by his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad as he reviews a guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony at the prime minister’s office in Putrajaya on Nov. 21, 2018. (AFP)
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Updated 03 February 2020

PM Khan arrives in Malaysia

  • This is Khan’s second visit to Kuala Lumpur since assuming office in 2018
  • He is expected to hold several meetings for the signing of various agreements

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Malaysia on Monday on the invitation of his counterpart, Mahathir Mohamad, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement.

On his two-day visit, the premier is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Planning Minister Asad Umar, Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood and Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood.

The delegation was received at Kuala Lumpur International Airport by Malaysian Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu and Pakistan's envoy to Malaysia, Amna Baloch.

This will be Khan’s second visit to the Southeast Asian country – following a trip in November 2018 – since assuming office two years ago.

The two leaders are expected to hold talks, followed by a delegation-level meeting and the signing of different agreements.

“The visit is a sign of robust engagement between Pakistan and Malaysia and the shared commitment to further fortify the strategic partnership between the two countries,” an earlier statement by the Foreign Office said.

Khan was scheduled to visit Malaysia in December 2019 for a summit in Kuala Lumpur but canceled it at the last minute.

PM Mahathir visited Pakistan in March last year as the chief guest at the National Day parade. The two premiers also met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly Session in New York in September 2019.

“Pakistan and Malaysia enjoy close, cordial ties based on commonalities of faith and culture and marked by exceptional mutual trust and understanding,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the FO said that Khan’s visit will provide an opportunity to review the full spectrum of bilateral relations and reaffirm Pakistan’s resolve to forge a robust economic relationship with Malaysia and further expand the existing broad-based and long-term cooperation.

General Bajwa, Bill Gates discuss Pakistan’s anti-polio campaign 

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General Bajwa, Bill Gates discuss Pakistan’s anti-polio campaign 

  • The American business tycoon praises the army for supporting the anti-polio drive and ensuring its reach and coverage 
  • The army chief passes on the credit to ‘grassroots workers’ 

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and American business tycoon and philanthropist Bill Gates spoke on telephone about Pakistan’s COVID-19 response and resumption of anti-polio campaign, said an official handout prepared and circulated by the military’s public relations wing, ISPR, on Saturday.
Gates applauded the Pakistan Army for supporting the anti-polio drive and ensuring the program’s proper reach and coverage.
In response, the army chief said that the effort to make Pakistan polio-free was a “national cause,” adding that the credit for running an effective campaign went to “grassroots workers, including mobile teams, law enforcement agencies and healthcare representatives.”
The two also discussed how to carry out a safe anti-polio drive for everyone amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“​Mr. Gates also appreciated Pakistan’s success against COVID-19 despite resource constraints,” said the statement. “The COAS attributed the success to a true national response executed through the mechanism of [National Command and Operation Center] which allowed optimization of resources.”
The American businessman reiterated the Gates Foundation’s ongoing commitment “to fight pandemics” around the world and to support Pakistan in its goals of ending polio and improving health for every child.