Ambassador Dato’ Azhar explores ASEAN role and foreign policies at Bahria University

Ambassador Dato' Azhar explores ASEAN role and foreign policies at Bahria University

ISLAMABAD, (DNA) – On 6 June 2024, Ambassador Dato’ Mohammad Azhar Mazlan, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Pakistan, held an academic discourse session with students of Bahria University, Islamabad. Upon arrival, Vice Admiral (R) Asif Khaliq HI (M), Rector of Bahria University warmly welcomed the High Commissioner and his delegation. The event was attended by academicians, staff, and approximately 100 students from the media and international relations disciplines.

During the session, Ambassador Dato’ Azhar gave a brief on the background of Malaysia from independence to modern times. He emphasised the strong bilateral relations between Malaysia and Pakistan, highlighting key areas comprising trade and economic cooperation, tourism, and essential people-to-people connections. He also explained how these factors contribute to mutual growth and understanding.

The presentation also addressed various aspects of Malaysia’s foreign policies, underscoring its role within ASEAN and its commitment to regional stability and development. Additionally, Ambassador Dato’ Azhar elaborated on the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Program (MTCP), which is pivotal in capacity-building and development cooperation between Malaysia and Pakistan.

A significant portion of the session focused on promoting educational opportunities in Malaysia for Pakistani students. Ambassador Dato’ Azhar highlighted that Malaysia offers an ideal environment for students, with modern facilities and globally recognised education standards, all within a Muslim-friendly setting. He proudly mentioned that, as of May 2024, nearly 5,000 Pakistani students are pursuing their studies in various higher education institutions across Malaysia.

The event concluded with a lively Question-and-Answer session, where students could engage directly with the High Commissioner. During the session, the High Commissioner was requested by students to give his views on the opportunity to work in Malaysia after completing their studies as well as the way forward on Malaysia-Pakistan bilateral relations.

Following the session, the audience had the chance to experience the rich flavours of Malaysian cuisine, with dishes such as Nasi Minyak and Daging Kurma (fragrant ghee rice and beef korma) being served. This culinary offering aimed to introduce Pakistani students to Malaysia’s diverse culinary heritage.

The session is part of the ongoing efforts by the High Commission of Malaysia in Islamabad to strengthen bilateral ties through educational and cultural exchanges within Pakistan’s institutions of higher learning, fostering people-to-people contact between Malaysia and Pakistan.