ISLAMABAD: Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will land in Pakistan on Thursday on a three-day official visit.
Mohamad – who will be accompanied by a delegation of leading Malaysian businessmen – will be the Guest of Honor at the Pakistan Day Parade on March 23.
According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, the Malaysian premier will call upon President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan during his stay. A session of round-table talks will also be held between the business communities of the two countries which will also have the two premiers in attendance.
Earlier on March 13, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor confirmed that attendance of Malaysian Prime Minister at the annual Pakistan Day parade.
PakDayParade. PM Malaysia Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad will be the Guest of Honour. Guests include Def Minister Azerbaijan, COAS Bahrain & govt officials from Oman. Various contingents from Azerbaijan,Bahrain,China, KSA, Sri Lanka & Turkey will participate in Parade.#PakDayParade2019 pic.twitter.com/MCY89ZfCQq
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) March 13, 2019
Pakistani High Commissioner in Malaysia Nafees Zakaria called on Mahathir Mohamad in November last and extended an invitation to attend Pakistan’s National Day on March 23 which was, subsequently, accepted by his office.
During the Pakistan Day parade in 2018, senior Indian military officials and diplomats posted in Islamabad attended the military parade.
Pakistan Day is celebrated on March 23 throughout the country to mark the signing of the Pakistan Resolution by the All India Muslim League in 1940 at Lahore’s Minto Park. The resolution demanded a separate homeland for the subcontinent’s Muslims.