Pakistan will not establish ties with Israel: President Alvi

Published: October 28, 2018
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President Arif Alvi. PHOTO COURTESY: FACEBOOK/ARIF ALVI

President Arif Alvi. PHOTO COURTESY: FACEBOOK/ARIF ALVI

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.

Would not negotiate secretly with Israel, says Fawad after reports of ‘Israeli’ aircraft in Pakistan

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.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • OSD
    Oct 28, 2018 - 10:15AM

    Hahaha.. Why is nobody standing close to the President? So much for no protocol.Recommend

  • Doubtful
    Oct 28, 2018 - 2:49PM

    Seems like we are catering to the extremist again. If our best friend China can maintain relations and almost all the Arab countries can talk to Israel … why can’t we? Recommend

  • Kamal
    Oct 28, 2018 - 3:23PM

    Why not? Please question the traditions. India and Israel have very good relations. Not to mention some Muslim countries too e.g. Egypt, Jordan. Turkey as well being a secular state. So whats stopping Pakistan to establish relations, I always wonder. Most of Islamic history and sites are there, which Muslims of Pak cannot visit unfortunately. Having said that, diplomatic relations with Israel, will give leverage over India, as their full support goes to India and not Pak. Rationally thinking – emotions out. I hope Govt can get away from their historical fixation and local hard line sentiments over Israel. Please initiate a debate at least??? Warning: Pak people may curse me on my opinion :) Recommend

  • Gulshan
    Oct 28, 2018 - 6:04PM

    Mr President , PL don’t disappoint India & Israel. Both are desperate to have close relation with Pakistan an economic powerhouse possessing nukes.Recommend

  • Humza
    Oct 29, 2018 - 5:25AM

    What’s wrong with Pakistan having diplomatic relations with Israel when we many other Muslim nations and Arab nations themselves have diplomatic relations already. The way to dialogue is by having relations and maybe Pakistan can also play a part in settling tensions. If Pakistan can have diplomatic relations with India with whom it has fought wars over occupied Indian Kashmir, why can’t it have diplomatic relations with Israel? Imagine if Pakistan had an embassy and refused to move it to Jerusalem to make a statement and encourage talk with Palestinians.Recommend

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