Global Affairs Desk

Tue Jun 18 2024

Pakistan under pressure to recognise Israel

~ By Aarush J on 8/24/2022

Pakistan under pressure to recognise Israel

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan stated that Islamabad was under pressure from the USA to recognise Israel and normalise ties with the nation. But, Imran Khan stood his ground and underlined that Pakistan would not recognise Israel.

An economically weak Pakistan relies on the support of Gulf Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia, who have been overtly and covertly building ties to Israel in recent years. In September, the UAE and Bahrain signed a US-brokered normalisation agreement with Israel, and have been rapidly building ties since. Earlier, in 2020, Sudan followed the footsteps of its other Arab neighbours and recognised Israel after facing consistent pressure from Abu Dhabi and Washington DC.

When asked if Muslim countries were also applying pressure, Khan said: "There are things we cannot say. We have good relations with them. "I have no second thought about recognising Israel unless there is a just settlement, which satisfies Palestine," he added.

In September 2019, Middle East Eye reported Imran Khan saying that "Pakistan has a very straightforward position. It was our founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who was very clear that there has to be just settlement, a homeland for Palestinians before Pakistan can recognise Israel."

He reiterated his position this week, adding that "Islamabad would continue to follow in Jinnah's footsteps vis-a-vis Palestine." Commenting on the policy of US President-elect Joe Biden regarding issues of Palestine and Afghanistan, Khan said: "Afghanistan is not the real issue. The real issue is Israel. It is to be seen how Biden deals with that. Whether he changes Trump's policies about Israel or continues with them."

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, sent a thankful letter to Khan following his comments-“We highly appreciate your adherence to your positions in support of the Palestinian people to obtain their legitimate rights," Abbas wrote.

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