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]

Diplomatic ties[edit]

Pakistan severed ties with Malaysia in October 1965 due to allegations that the 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 recognised Malaysia and refused to accept the non-inclusion of Brunei and the leaving of Singapore from the Federation of Malaysia, Pakistan only established relations with those countries when Malaysia had done so. Both are members of Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Commonwealth of Nations. 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.[citation needed]

On November 2, 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.”

Trade links[edit]

Malaysia and Pakistan signed a free trade agreement called the Malaysia-Pakistan Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (MPCEPA) in January 2008.[1]

In February 2005, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, then Chair of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), made a four-day visit to Pakistan.[2]

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. ^ Ali, Arif (17 February 2005). "Pakistan, Malaysia to Discuss PTA". Arab News.