President Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday dismissed reports of an Israeli business jet’s landing at the Islamabad International Airport, asserting that Pakistan will not establish ties with Israel, Radio Pakistan reported.
The president termed the reports “baseless and unfounded” while speaking to the media at the airport before leaving for a three-day visit to Turkey.
The president arrived at the capital airport without protocol and joined the queue for immigration. He is travelling to Istanbul on an invitation extended by his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
President Alvi will be addressing the inaugural ceremony of the new International Airport of Istanbul and is expected to hold bilateral meetings with Erdogan and leaders of other countries also invited for the inaugural ceremony.
The saga of an Israeli business jet in Pakistan
On Friday, reports emerged on social media regarding the presence of an alleged Israeli aircraft at Islamabad airport. The plane reportedly spent 10 hours at the airport. The information was obtained by flight tracking website Flight Radar.
Speculation was rife after an Israeli journalist tweeted that an Israeli business jet flew from Tel Aviv to Islamabad on a cleared flight plan after making a brief stopover at Amman.
However, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) denied reports of the presence of an Israeli aircraft in Pakistani airspace or at any of the country’s airports and termed the reports “totally baseless” on Saturday.
In a tweet, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry also refuted the rumours and underscored that the country would not negotiate in secret with either Israel.
“We will not negotiate secretly with either Modi or Israel,” the information minister said on Twitter in a reply to PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal’s tweet asking for clarification regarding reports of an Israeli official’s visit.