Pakistan, Malaysia sign Extradition Treaty

Imran says will attend KL Summit if invited again: Ready to import more Malaysian palm oil

By: 24 News
Published: 11:28 AM, 4 Feb, 2020
PM Imran Khan meets his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad
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Pakistan and Malaysia on Tuesday signed Extradition Treaty in presence of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Minister for Law in Malaysian Prime Minister Office Liew Vui Keong signed the Extradition Treaty.

Earlier both the prime ministers held a one-on-one meeting followed by delegation-level talks at Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya, in which the two sides agreed to build a strong bilateral economic partnership and work together on issues affecting the Muslim Ummah.

The two sides agreed for regular discussions to strengthen the trade and investment relations by removing barriers in key areas and develop linkages between the private sectors of the two countries.

Both sides also expressed commitment to build stronger ties in the areas of defence, law enforcement, tourism and education.

They agreed to more exchanges at different levels to set the future direction of their bilateral relationship. They reaffirmed commitment to ensure stronger collaboration amongst various ministries and agencies to enhance friendship and understanding between the two peoples.

Addressing a joint press conference with his Malaysian counterpart in Putrajaya after the delegation-level talks, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he would not miss the next Kuala Lumpur Summit if there is one planned.

Imran Khan was reportedly pressured by Saudi Arabia to skip the KL Summit held late last year, as Riyadh disagreed with Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s move to hold the gathering claiming that it would undermine Muslim unity.

Imran told newsmen in Putrajaya he disagreed with such a claim. “Now it is evident that the summit was not to divide the Ummah. The results from the KL Summit are far from it. If anything, it was to unite the Ummah. “So of course I would love to come,” he said, reported Malaysian media.

In December, Imran announced an eleventh-hour cancellation of his trip to attend the KL Summit, in what was believed to be the result of diplomatic arm-twisting of the cash-strapped South Asian nation which has received billions of dollars in Saudi aid.

The three heads of state – Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani – who attended the summit were among the Saudis’ staunchest critics.

To a question, Imran Khan regretted that he could not attend the conference in Kuala Lumpur in December. He said there was a fear that the conference would divide the Ummah. However, he added that it was evident from after when the conference took place that was not the purpose to divide the Ummah.

Speaking about India's sanctions on trade with Kaula Lampur, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan will try its best to compensate for the palm oil loss suffered by Malaysia. He said they noticed that India had threatened to cut their imports of palm oil from Malaysia over Putrajaya’s stance on Kashmir. “But Pakistan will do its best to compensate for that,” he said.

Last year, Mahathir said India invaded and occupied Kashmir following a military crackdown on the Muslim majority region. India is the largest importer of Malaysian palm oil, making up 28% of total palm oil exports. In 2018, India bought close to RM7 billion worth of palm oil and palm-oil based products from Malaysia.

Imran on Tuesday thanked Mahathir for speaking up for Kashmir. The people of Kashmir, Imran said, had been imprisoned for six months by a “radical and extremist” government in India. He said the Indian government had curbed all liberties, imprisoned leaders and arrested teenagers.

“The way prime minister (Mahathir) you have stood with us and spoken about this injustice which is going on, on behalf of the people in Pakistan, I really want to thank you.”

Before the joint presser, delegation-level talks between Pakistan and Malaysia were held at Putrajaya. The two sides discussed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and ways and means to further expand their relations in different fields including trade, economy and tourism. –Agencies