MOSCOW/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan laid a floral wreath on the grave of an unmarked Russian soldier in Alexander Gardens just outside the Kremlin.
The Pakistani Prime Minister is on a two-day visit to Russia and will hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin later today.
This visit comes in the backdrop of the Russian offensive against Ukraine.
Whilst speaking to RT, PM Khan had said that Pakistan would not choose to become a part of anyone’s camp, citing lessons from the Soviet war in Afghanistan.
Indian news outlet The Hindu shared misinformation suggesting that PM Khan had cancelled his Russia trip after the offensive however sources confirmed to The Pakistan Daily that the visit is still on.
PM Khan received a historic welcome yesterday as he landed in Moscow.
Whilst critics have questioned the timing of PM Khan’s visit to Moscow, Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf dismissed such criticism saying: “Yes there is a global tension but our visit is of bilateral nature and the similar path was taken in the visit to China where economy, economic indicators and connectivity was at the heart of that tour.”
Earlier, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Maj Gen (R) Noel Israel Khokhar expressed support for Ukraine’s sovereignty in what has been considered as a balancing act.
In a Tweet, Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Emine Dzheppar confirmed that Ambassador Israel Khokhar met her and confirmed Pakistan’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to have a working lunch with Russian President Vladimir Putin later today.
PM Imran Khan is also expected to make a speech after the meeting.
The previous Pakistani PM to visit Russia was Nawaz Sharif in March 1999. Former president Asif Ali Zardari visited Moscow in 2011.