Foreign Office responds over media reports on Change in Pakistan’s Israel Policy

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Foreign Office responds over media reports on Change in Pakistan’s Israel Policy

ISLAMABAD -Foreign Office responds over media reports on Change in Pakistan’s Israel Policy.

The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday said there has been no change in Pakistan’s policy on Israel after some in the country suggested establishing diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv in the wake of the muted reaction of Arab Muslim countries to India’s Kashmir move.

“Our policy on Israel is very clear and there is no change in it,” Dr Muhammad Faisal told reporters at the weekly briefing when asked if the government was mulling any change.

Pakistan does not recognise Israel because of the longstanding Palestine dispute. There were, however, in the past efforts made to establish some contact between Pakistan and Israel.

During Musharraf’s regime, then Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri held a meeting with his Israeli counterpart in Turkey. Those efforts, however, could not make headway because of strong public opposition from within the Pakistani public.

The current Kashmir crisis has again triggered a debate in Pakistan on whether the country should revisit its policy towards Israel.