PM's non-participation in Kuala Lumpur meeting
It is to be noted that Pakistan was among the first countries to which the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr Mahathir Mohamed shared the intention of the summit and during the UN General Assembly meeting in September last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Was told about.
Later, Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister Mirzuki Bin Haji Yahya met Prime Minister Imran Khan on November 29 and invited him to attend the summit, which was accepted by the Prime Minister.
However, reports of cancellation of Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to Malaysia came in early December, and after a December 14 visit to Saudi Arabia, he decided not to attend the Kuala Lumpur summit.
According to reports, the Prime Minister withdrew from the meeting due to pressure from Saudi Arabia, which helped the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in the early days to overcome the economic crisis.
Later on December 17, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also confirmed that Pakistan would have no representation in the 20-nation summit in Kuala Lumpur.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi confirmed that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had reservations from the summit.
He said the two countries were worried that the meeting could lead to a "split in the Ummah" and an organization such as the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC).