Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan and the Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at a joint-news conference after a bilateral meeting during Imran’s work visit to Malaysia. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 04 FEBRUARY 2020.
Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan and the Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at a joint-news conference after a bilateral meeting during Imran’s work visit to Malaysia. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 04 FEBRUARY 2020.

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

PUTRAJAYA – Feeling ’indebted’ to Malaysia, Pakistan stated its readiness to import more palm oil from Malaysia.

Its Prime Minister, Imran Khan said, Pakistan is ready to balance what has been done by the Indian government in boycotting and restricting Malaysian palm oil.

While expressing his disappointment with the action of India, Imran said that Pakistan had planned to import more palm oil from Malaysia in the future.

“That’s right, especially since we noticed India threatened Malaysia for supporting the Kashmir cause, threatened to cut palm oil imports after Prime Minister Tun Mahathir made an open statement about the crisis in Kashmir.

“Pakistan will try our best to ‘compensate’ the threat by importing more palm oil from here in the future,” he said in a news conference in conjunction with his two-day official visit which kicked off yesterday.

Imran also said that Pakistan is indebted by the bravery of Mahathir in issuing such statement although he knew that he could face other crisis.

“Mahathir has stood with us and spoken about this injustice going on, on behalf of Pakistan I really want to thank you.

“The radical action by the Indian government towards Pakistan is truly unacceptable. Many people were imprisoned, the youths were tortured. The Prime Minister of Malaysia stood firm and spoke on the injustice against us. Thank you,” he said.

India, among the top global cooking oil importer had stopped ordering palm oil from Malaysia and requested their importers to buy the source from other countries after Mahathir said that India has ‘attacked and occupied Jammu and Kashmir’ during the United Nations conference.

India and Pakistan have been mostly hostile towards each other since the partition of British India in 1947. The two countries have fought two of their three wars over competing territorial claims in Kashmir, a Muslim majority territory.

The Indian government withdrew its autonomy on Kashmir last year and tightened its grip on that territory.

It also shut down internet access and arrested political activists although the Supreme Court of India had decided that the internet shutdown in Kashmir was not valid.

Mahathir had earlier hosted a bilateral discussion with Imran and revealed that they discussed about the palm oil crisis in the meeting today. -MalaysiaGazette

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