Exclusive interview: Hamas leader cherishes Pakistan’s support for Palestine

Published: July 17, 2014
File photo of Hamas militants. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

File photo of Hamas militants. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

DOHA: While Israel’s deadly bombing campaign in Gaza Strip entered 8th day, leader of the Hamas political bureau Khaled Meshaal has said that he cherishes the Pakistani nation’s support for the people of Palestine.

Speaking exclusively in the Express News show ‘To the Point’, Meshaal said that differences between Hamas and Fatah are too trivial to hurt the Palestinian cause. “In politics, it’s natural to have differences, but there is always a common ground to sort them out.”

“Disunity is one of the causes of the present plight of the Palestinian people, but the main issue is Israeli aggression, the US bias towards the Zionist regime and the criminal silence of the international community,” he said.

Asked if Hamas would ever recognise the state of Israel, Meshaal said, “No.” He said Israel has occupied the Palestinian land and usurped the rights of the Palestinian people.

Does agreeing to the 1966 borders not imply recognising the state of Israel, the Hamas leader said there were a number of countries in the world that don’t recognise each other and have border disputes, but still talk to each other.

“We are open to dialogue but you need to have strong cards in hand for talks,” he said. “We believe in every type of resistance, armed and unarmed with dialogue,” he added.

About the US diplomatic tilt towards Israel, Meshaal said it was hurting the American interests in the Muslim world in general and in the Middle East in particular.

Meshaal said “the US and the West have pampered Israel into a spoilt child that does not even listen to them”. To substantiate his claim, he referred to the 2009 speech of US President Barrack Obama in Cairo University where he had assured that the festering issue would be resolved but “Israel did not agree and continued its aggressive stance”.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2014.

Facebook Conversations

Reader Comments (23)

  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Jul 17, 2014 - 11:01AM

    We love you our beloved Palestinian brothers. You are better than us. God accept your sacrifices for freedom. Don’t forget our Kashmiri brothers also. -Peshawar, Pakistan


  • Hasan
    Jul 17, 2014 - 1:06PM

    ET – if you want show at least some semblance of objective competence, it would probably help to change the reference to ‘Hamas militants’ in your stock photo.



  • S
    Jul 17, 2014 - 4:33PM

    We are indeed with our brothers and sisters. The situation is bad all over, but IA it will improve. Muslims stay steadfast


  • Moiz Omar
    Jul 17, 2014 - 8:32PM

    Hamas are a bunch of terrorists just like the Taliban.


  • Naveed
    Jul 17, 2014 - 8:54PM

    An apple fell and Newton discovered the law of gravity. Hundreds of bombs fell on Gaza but no one discovered the law of humanity!


  • asad
    Jul 18, 2014 - 12:40AM

    Gaza we pray for you in ever namaz we perform and palestine will be agian land of peace In Sh ALLAH


  • numbersnumbers
    Jul 18, 2014 - 1:16AM

    Anything mentioned about the hundreds of military rockets falling on Israel????


  • Jul 18, 2014 - 3:21AM

    Dear palestaninans brothers n sisters in islam our heart are broken doen while looking the isreali aggresdion in gaza. We pray to ALLAH TO HELP you.


  • Dr.Muhammad Ali Haider
    Jul 18, 2014 - 4:46AM

    From the pakistani nation I am very sorry to say that we are not standing in ghaza with our fellow Muslims but we remember all of you in our paryers.
    Israel has started this ruthless war in the Holly month of ramazan may ALLAH listen to our prayers and destroy Israel in this Holly month. AmeenRecommend

  • YourFate
    Jul 18, 2014 - 5:04AM

    Luck or Fate is so slow but so sures that it resemble very much like meteorite or asteroid following a fixed path in the sky that you can’t see by naked eye, but you can tell a millennia before it crosses what planet or fall where. Pak & Palestenian fate is just like that. Today we are at a crossroad where no other Muslim country… no mater what they claim, is as suitable to intervene in Isreal-vs-Palestine issue as we are. Gaza Palestinians, Friends! Have no support from any corner of the Muslim world to their unique complicated political situation today. Good thing! Muslim world desperately need someone to solve this for Umma. Pakistan due to its impartiality in Ummah has this characteristics to help them out here. And no other leader than the current one has the compassion to intervene. Sorry, I never voted for NS, but I know he is made to handle exactly this scenario.


  • sohail khalid
    Jul 18, 2014 - 5:32PM

    Pakistan should help Palestine.Recommend

  • Jamshed
    Jul 18, 2014 - 6:25PM

    Should palestinians stay calm and throw roses when Zionists are bombing them? What else do you expect from someone whose land is taken away and his mothers, daughters getting killed? Stupid Indian Logic!


  • Hasan Mehmood
    Jul 18, 2014 - 7:53PM

    {Anything mentioned about the hundreds of military rockets falling on Israel????}

    They are fired in anger / frustration and to keep up the facade of armed resistance. What else you propose for them as an occupied / oppressed people resisting the aggressor? Can you tell me how many Israelis have been killed by these rockets in the last 10 years. Most probably much less than one day casualties in GAZA. You will be hard pressed to find similar example of extremely brutal / disproportionate / in human retaliation by an occupying force against legitimate freedom fighters.


  • Hasan Mehmood
    Jul 18, 2014 - 7:57PM

    {Stupid Indian Logic!}

    No he is not stupid. Just covering his bases lest someone starts pointing out Indian security forces treatment of Kashmiri Militants.Recommend

  • Jul 18, 2014 - 8:02PM

    @Dr.Muhammad Ali Haider:


  • numbersnumbers
    Jul 20, 2014 - 12:07AM

    And would any of those Palestinians have been killed if HAMAS had built a system of bomb shelters (along with that arsenal of rockets) to protect the innocent Palestinians when that vast arsenal of rockets was launched directly into Israeli cities, hoping to slaughter Israelis SAFE in their bomb shelters?
    Remember that the Israelis did not retaliate until Hamas had launched rockets into Israeli cities for nearly two full days at the beginning of this war!


  • Jul 20, 2014 - 11:44AM

    What people need to understand is Israel has occupied a land. The question for those who do not understand the history between Palestine and Israel, please Watch this video, I promise it will enlighten you and then see the difference between when America killed over millions Red Indians for God cause and Zionist also follow the same path of stealing someones property without asking them but the USA and UK supported the Jewish state because they did not want the Headache and gave it to the Palestine owners of the land!. Look Palestine had 95% of Muslims and Jews also lived with Muslims. My question is would the majority of Muslims living in Palestine before 1947 allow to gave their country to Zionist? NO. Instead the USA, UK etc said we will decide and vote? Not the Palestinian people who owned the country because some believed let the countries decide, which is awful and dangerous. Israel follow the same path the American’s did when claimed God gave us this Land according to their Bible (Old and New Testament).

  • waqas
    Jul 22, 2014 - 7:12PM

    salam to all my palestines brothers and sisters


  • Mudassir
    Jul 25, 2014 - 4:00PM

    May Allah help our Palestinian brothers and sisters,at this challenging time we can anticipate the pain and agong you people are going through. Surprised that neither OIC nor UN is pushing Egypt to open Raffah border?Islamic countries at the fit=rst step can stop the trade with Israel on there inhumane and savage behaviour.May Allah bless all of you to come through this testing time with victoryand unite all the Muslims.


  • tanzeelaabro
    Jul 31, 2014 - 8:11PM

    Have U ever tried to know the reasons behind the bomb attacks of innocent Palestinians … ?? If yes then your question is useless my friend because the number of Israelis have been killed in that conflict is not hardly quater of the Palestinians been killed there …. And another thing is , Israel is having support of her allies weapons are being provided to them where as , Palestine has nothing except these small rocket fire kind of weapons ….


    Aug 2, 2014 - 12:29PM

    Sorry you are wrong. The number of Israeli casualties is not quarter but less than 5% of Palestinian casualties.


  • Mushtaque Tahiri
    Aug 4, 2014 - 5:27PM

    Our full support is with Palestine and Inshallah they will win the battle.


More in Pakistan