Reports of Pakistani top officials secret meeting in Israel rejected
ISLAMABAD/LONDON – Social media in the country and several other parts of the world are talking about reports of Pakistani officials meeting Israelis in Tel Aviv, despite that Islamabad has rejected such reports about recongnising Israel as 'baseless speculation'.
The latest controversy is stirred by Noor Dahri, an independent researcher in counter terrorism and violent extremism, who gave an interview to far-right Israeli TV channel i24TV yesterday. It was followed by his interview with Jerusalem Post today.
Dahri, who is the founder and executive director of UK based Islamic Theology of Counter Terrorism- ITCT, has claimed that “an adviser of Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Tel Aviv in November on his British passport to relay an official message that proposed normalisation of ties between Pakistan and Israel in return for its support “to halt down Pakistan’s current cold situation with the Arab countries as well as to support it in many international issues”.
In his revelations, which were met with mixed reactions, Dahri maintained that the unnamed adviser “was welcomed by the Israeli officials at the airport as the visit was approved by the US.”
“He stayed a few days in Israel where he met with the director of Israeli intelligence Mossad Yossi Cohen and delivered a secret message of Pakistan army chief. The adviser was escorted to the “foreign ministry of Israel where he met several political officials and diplomats and delivered the message of the Pakistani PM.”
He also added that “Pakistan is facing pressure from Arab countries to leave the Turkish bloc and normalize ties with Israel.”