ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi on Friday bestowed Pakistan’s uppermost civil award — Nishan-e-Pakistan —to Malaysian Premier Mahatir Mohamad during a ceremony held at President House in Islamabad.
Mohamad, presently-serving elderly leader, was awarded by Pakistan, according to a citation, “in recognition of his outstanding achievements, invaluable contributions, steadfast friendship and inspiring role as an iconic visionary.”
The ceremony was attended by PM Khan, Senate Chairperson Sadiq Sanjrani, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, President Azad Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan, other federal ministers, Parliament members, High-level civil and Military officials.
Malaysian Premier, while addressing the ceremony, said industrial revolution changes the way of life and good usage of technology is an essential requirement of modern day.
Premier said two-way investments made by both Pakistan and Malaysia will strengthen the their relationship. Premier thanked President Alvi for the honor.
President Alvi said whole world is looking towards Pakistan and Malaysia for the elimination of Islamophobia.
Earlier today, Malaysia showed interest in buying JF-17 fighter jets and tank breaker missiles on Friday while agreeing on opening branches of Malaysian banks in Pakistan.
After a delegation –level talks with which were held at the capital, Federal Finance Minister Asad Umar told media that the guest delegation has shown interest in seeing exhibition of JF-17 fighter jets while signing a memorandum of interest (MoU) for developing of proton car plants in Pakistan.
Minister said the Malaysian businessmen has shown interest in investing millions of dollars in different sectors of Pakistan.
Both nations also agreed to open branches of their banks in each others’ countries.
Minster said Prime Minister Imran Khan informed his Malaysian counterpart about tense situation with India and Pakistan’s desire of peace and stability in the region.
Malaysian Premier gifted a Malaysian made car to PM Khan, while agreements were signed on Pakistani and Malaysian mobile phone companies; ‘Edot’, China Mobile Company, FFC and Hilal Food Company.
Malaysian Premier will be guest-of-honor at Saturday’s 23 March Pakistan Day parade.