Pakistan still for working Malaysians – Foreign Minister

By NNN-Bernama

Kuala Lumpur : The situation in Pakistan is still considered safe for Malaysians working there, said Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar.

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He said the Malaysian High Commission was keeping a close watch on the situation and most Malaysians in the country were in touch with the mission.

“They’re keeping in touch with the high commission and we know their whereabouts. So far, there were no reports of any Malaysians getting involved in problems there,” he told reporters here Monday.

Syed Hamid was met at the Pakistan High Commission after signing the condolence book, on behalf of the Malaysian government, over the death of former Pakistan prime minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto who was killed in a gun and bomb attack on Thursday.

Also present was Pakistani acting High Commissioner, M. Jamshaid Iftikhar.

Syed Hamid, however, reiterated that Malaysians travelling to Pakistan should avoid areas where public rallies were to be held.

“But if you get yourselves involved in public rallies, people can get emotional, excited. For us who are not used to this kind of thing, it’s best to avoid going to these places where Pakistanis gather to hear their leaders speak,” he said.

To another question, Syed Hamid said Malaysia supported Pakistan’s decision to proceed with its general election as planned.

“We were told that they’re going ahead with the election and I think that with tension running high, it’s better that they get on with it,” he said.

Syed Hamid said Malaysia would like to see stability re-established in Pakistan which was important not only for the people of Pakistan but also foreign investors.