Malaysia–Pakistan relations

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Pakistan-Malaysia relations
Map indicating locations of Pakistan and Malaysia

Pakistan

Malaysia

Malaysia–Pakistan relations (Malay Hubungan Malaysia-Pakistan) refers to bilateral foreign relations between the two countries, Malaysia and Pakistan. Pakistan has its High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, and Malaysia has its High Commission in Islamabad.[1]

History[edit]

On 5 October 1965, Pakistan severed their diplomatic ties with Malaysia when a Malaysian representative at the UN Security Council (to which Malaysia had been elected in 1965) had taken sides in the Indo-Pakistani war over Kashmir.[1] Pakistan's Foreign Minister A. Z. Bhutto said "Malaysia has taken an immorial position, has violated the solidarity of the African-Asian world". The Malaysian government rejected any Pakistani suggestion that Malaysia sided with India in the dispute and sends a note to the Pakistani high commission in Kuala Lumpur that "Malaysia was not behaved wrongly to a fellow Muslim nations, challenged a Pakistani claimed that Pakistan had tried to mediate the Malaysia-Indonesia dispute".[2]

Shortly after that, Malaysia accused Pakistan being involved in "a sinister pattern of collusion with China and Indonesia against Malaysia". Speaking after a Cabinet Meeting, the Malaysian Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman said "I knew this was coming for a long time, and in particular because of the peculiar behaviour of Mr. Bhutto. Mr. Bhutto had given a poor excuses for breaking with Malaysia and what surprises me is that they are not broken off ties with India, with whom they are at war".[3] After 11 months break, the relations was resumed with the help of Iran.[4] When the relations have been normal, Pakistan became a supporter to the Federation of Malaysia which they refused to accept the non-inclusion of Brunei and the leaving of Singapore from the Malaysian Federation, Pakistan only established relations with those countries when Malaysia had done so.

On 2 November 2013, in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian government stated that the resolution of Kashmir issue is an unfinished agenda of the civilised world and until this issue is resolved in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people, durable peace in South Asia would remain elusive. This was the crux of thoughts expressed in Kuala Lumpur to mark the Kashmir Black Day. It said that "Pakistan is committed to a just solution of the Kashmir issue and it would continue to invoke the conscience of the free world to help the Kashmiris secure their right to self-determination as enshrined in the United Nations resolutions and was pledged several times by the Indian leadership, including Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru". They further went on to say that "The people of Kashmir have suffered far too long and it is time the world noticed their plight and delivered them from the yoke of subjugation".

Economic relations[edit]

In 1986, Malaysia export $515.5 million worth of goods to Pakistan mainly on palm oil while Pakistan export to Malaysia was only $31.1 million. Thus, Pakistan has stated that it wants to explore more join venture with Malaysian companies.[5] There is a trade and cultural pact between the two countries, under which the import and export of various goods is done on fairly large scale. The President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan along with other high officials visited Malaysia many times and Malaysian officials also paid a good will visit to Pakistan.[6] Malaysia and Pakistan signed a free trade agreement called the Malaysia-Pakistan Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (MPCEPA) in January 2008.[1]

Pakistan and Malaysia are linked by Air Transport. Pakistan International Airlines operates many flights from Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar to Kuala Lumpur.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Johan Saravanamuttu (2010). Malaysia's Foreign Policy, the First Fifty Years: Alignment, Neutralism, Islamism. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. ISBN 978-9814279796. 
  2. ^ "Pakistan Breaks Ties with Malaysia on Kashmir War". Associated Press. The Michigan Daily. 25 September 1965. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sinister Pattern of Collusion". The Glasgow Herald. 7 October 1965. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Nations Resume Relations". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. 9 September 1966. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Pakistan eyes joint ventures with Malaysia". New Straits Times. 24 April 1987. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Ali, Arif (17 February 2005). "Pakistan, Malaysia to Discuss PTA". Arab News.