Why Pakistan needs Israel

Published: June 2, 2012

We are so wrapped up in what is good for everyone else, that we are losing sight of what is good for us as a nation. GRAPHIC: ZAHRA PEER

Hatred towards Israel and the refusal to recognise or establish diplomatic relations with this country is no new phenomenon to Muslim countries in Asia. This abomination is based on feelings of Islamic solidarity with Arab countries and a sense of religious belonging to the global Islamic community.

In recent decades, Muslim countries have experienced an increase in radical thinking. A major factor for this emerging trend is the belief that Jews, Zionism, and Israel are anti-Islam, anti-Arab and pro-American. Radical Islamic circles exert pressure on their respective government to become involved in worldwide Islamic issues – above all, they want attention to be given to Palestine and they demand support for Arab countries’ struggle against Israel.

However in my opinion, this is a radical phenomenon.

I don’t see a single reason as to why Pakistan should not review its ties with Israel.

Why should we ban ties with Israel on the basis of the Israel-Arab conflict when many Arab countries have a good relationship with Israel?

We are taught two fundamental things in our history classes – that Israel and India are the enemy. Granted, we have been at war with India three times, but what’s wrong with Israel? Pakistan and Israel don’t have a conflict area and have never been at war with each other. What people don’t understand is that we are losing out by not maintaining ties with Israel.

If you think proposing good relations with Israel is a novel phenomenon, just take a look at Pakistan’s recent history.

History of Pakistan’s ties with Israel 

Our history is inundated with meetings and good relations with Israeli officials.

The meeting in Istanbul between Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Kasuri was not the only meeting between Pakistani and Israeli officials. Since the days of Pakistan’s first foreign minister, Sir Zafrullah Khan, every major Pakistani leader has taken a realistic approach towards Israel, interacted with its representatives, and even adopted positions that were consistent with Israeli interests.

It is not only Benazir Bhutto who was considered as pro-Western; Nawaz Sharif’s primer-ship in 1992 and 1997 are considered the golden time in Israel-Pak relations

In 1992, the Israeli delegation to the United Nations had to decide whether to support Pakistan’s election to the Security Council. Yaacobi favoured it, and after receiving permission from the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, the Israeli delegation voted affirmatively. This paved the way to a series of interactions between Yaacobi and the Pakistani UN ambassador, Jamshi Merkar, who thanked the Israeli representative for his support.

Then, in 1993 vice-president of the World Jewish Congress, Isi Leibler, visited Islamabad between 12-16 February. This trip was coordinated with the foreign ministries of Israel and Australia (Leibler being an Australian citizen) and with the state department. Again, it was Pakistani ambassador Sayyidah Abidah Hussein who arranged a meeting for Leibler with Shahabaz Sharif. Leibler told him that a change in Pakistan’s approach toward Israel would help improve Pakistan’s deteriorating image in the United States.

At the end of the meeting, the two agreed that further contact between them would be arranged via Pakistan’s ambassador in London.

About two months later, on 19 April 1993, Leibler met with the Pakistani high commissioner in London, but it was ill-timed. Just one day prior to this, political changes had taken place in Pakistan and prime minister Nawaz Sharif had been removed from office.

A few years later, on 29 October 1998, Weizman met with Pakistani president Muhammad Rafiq Tarrar at a reception in Ankara marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of modern Turkey. According to press reports, Tarrar approached Weizman, shook his hand, and expressed his hope that “one day we will meet again.”

And then came the time of Gen Musharraf. On  September 1, 2005, a public meeting was held in Istanbul between the then Israeli foreign minister Silvan Shalom and his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Kasuri. Shalom was euphoric and said the meeting was a “source of great encouragement and hope for the Israeli people and aids in strengthening the moderates on the Palestinian side.” The Israeli journalists present were also swept up in the exaggerated excitement and called it a “historic meeting.” They said it was a Pakistani “gift” to Israel for evacuating its settlements in Gaza, which was taking place at that time.

Soon after, during a visit to the United States, Musharraf agreed to be the guest of honour at an American Jewish Congress dinner held in New York on September 17. Musharraf’’s speech on this occasion dealt with Islamic-Jewish relations throughout history. As for Israel, he repeated the familiar refrain that progress in relations depended on “progress in the peace process and the establishment of a Palestinian State.”

Thus, it is evident that in the past, Pakistan and Israel have enjoyed good ties.

Why we need to foster good ties

If we carry good relations with Israel it can help us win unfailing support from many developed countries – Israel has the strongest lobbying powers in the world. If Israel and Pakistan are on good terms, we can use this lobbying to foster healthy relationships with other countries, because other then Saudi Arabia, no major Arab country supports Pakistan.

The main factors preventing Pakistan from recognising and establishing diplomatic relations with Israel are solidarity with Muslim countries in general and with Arab countries. Fear of an adverse response by influential militants in Pakistan and internal instability.

It’s time to be practical. Just have a look at what we are losing out on by not having ties with Israel:

1. A very big market for Pakistani food, cotton and gems in terms of exports.

2. An advanced military market for Pakistani imports

3. A very advanced technology sector which can help Pakistan grow in agriculture, computer sciences, electronics, genetics, medicine, solar energy .

4. A strong Jewish lobby all around the world, which can help Pakistan raise its image as a friendly nation.

It’s time to face it; if we want a more progressive Pakistan, we need strong friends.

We are so wrapped up in what is good for everyone else, that we are losing sight of what is good for us as a nation. We need to drop our prejudices, be proactive and move to gain all the strong, influential friends that we can.

This post was originally published here.    

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Pirzada Hasaan Hashmi

Pirzada Hasaan Hashmi

The writer is a political activist and a spokesperson for IHRP (Interfaith Harmony for Religious Peace). He tweets @shanihashmi

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • U-Turn

    We cannot be hijacked by few fanatics. Time has come to make a u-turn and move forward with the nation of Israel. Shalom. Recommend

  • 3rdRockfromtheSun

    @author
    Reasonable premise with a logical conclusion. However your arguments are one sided and some statements you have used are downright childish.

    “– Israel has the strongest lobbying powers in the world. If Israel and Pakistan are on good terms, we can use this lobbying to foster healthy relationships with other countries, “

    “A strong Jewish lobby all around the world, which can help Pakistan raise its image as a friendly nation.”

    Really! I mean really…! That’s like saying if I become friends with Paris Hilton, other will think I am ‘cool’.
    Also, what benefits will Israel have if they “friend” you?

    The basis of a good, enduring relationship is ‘mutual benefit’. But would be a good start nonetheless.Recommend

  • BlackJack

    Everything was going fine until you suddenly made an incredible leap in logic – where good relations with Israel was suddenly interpreted to mean that they would start lobbying for Pakistan. I don’t even hear China lobbying for Pakistan. You may be able to make some exports to Israel – although the market for textiles is largely driven by volume and the population of Israel is only 8 mn. On military equipment, I would strongly advise that you stay friendly with the US – you aren’t going to get Israeli equipment built with American parts unless the big guys approve. On technology, isn’t it amazing that you can’t leverage your relationship with America, the UK, Europe, China, or anyone else to get technology transfers – which you now imagine the Israelis are waiting to provide you with once you acknowledge their existence. You have managed to become one of the most anti-American countries despite being a significant beneficiary of their largesse – and Mossad is routinely included in half the conspiracy theories that are churned out every week; just imagine the social upheaval that a relationship with Israel would cause – how would you ever convince the DPC? Anyway, good relations are always better than bad – hope your plan bears fruit.Recommend

  • Kabir

    Pakistan should not have relations with the Zionist Entity until it ceases to occupy Arab Palestinian land. Israelis continue to settle the West Bank, thereby destroying any chance of a two-state solution. Israel is an apartheid state, with Jews being treated as first-class citizens and all others as second class. It is not at all the kind of country that Pakistan or any Muslim country should be friends with.

    Israel does to the Palestinians exactly what India does to Kashmiris. Recommend

  • UmEr

    Whatever the reasons are behind Pakistan’s hostility towards Israel are another debate and I can argue against what the author pointed out in his article, eg: Quaid e Azam M. Ali Jinnah’s views about Israel are the guidelines for us. Anyways.. the problem is, recognizing Israel as a State has more disaster in it than the good, that you stated.

    Trust me on this, you really don’t want the public on streets and the general public of Pakistan are very Anti-Israel, there’s no way I see a Israeli Embassy being opened in Islamabad in next 100 years. Kind Impossible. So we should see what our people want and what benefit will this act provide us with. I say, it will harm. Harm us a big time!Recommend

  • Faisal

    Ties with Israel Over my dead body !! Marg bar Israel!! Down with Zionism!!Recommend

  • Shah Jivaro

    If Pakistan cements ties with Israel we can become the adult in the area and show the world that Pakistan is entering a new dimension.
    The job of Pakistani politicians is to helps its citizens enjoy freedom, economic sucesssion & peace with prosperity.
    The job of our religious leaders is to infuse fear, uncertainty & distrust and so far they have achieved this horrendous goal.
    Every Pakistani man, woman & child asks yourselves do I want my future generations to enjoy living in peace, getting a high grade education helping my family & community lift ourselves from the ranks of poverty?
    Or do I want to listen to these so called religious scholars who demand we live in teachings they prescribe and continue to be enemies with Israel?
    So far we have followed our religious icons and the horizon has been depressingly scattered with sorrow, violence, corruption & uncertainty and none of these were Israel’s fault.
    You need to be the judge.Recommend

  • M I Khan

    A great idea. Pakistan must come out of the shadows of the ungrateful and masterly Arabs and be friends with Israel. This will really help in de-radicalising our society as it has become fundamentalist thanks to our Saudi jihadi masters!Recommend

  • moshe

    I have respect for the writer. But Pakistan is a country of Militants and just backwards thinking people. It is true what he write but it could never happened. Pakistan is on a destructive path. It is a truth that Israel doesn’t dislike Arabs or Muslims, Israel wants peace with all no hate. Israel wants to survive, Israel has the technological know how In Agriculture and water to feed the Muslim world, but they just want to hate.Recommend

  • NBajwa

    You have the audacity to speak of good relations with those who kill our brothers and sisters? Brilliant sir, just brilliant! I suppose what they’re doing in Palestine is not tantamount to terrorism, is it? Recommend

  • Fakhir

    Good luck with that!Recommend

  • apj

    finally some sense! before the anti-israel diatribe spams this section I’d really like to appreciate your efforts to bring things out as they are, no grey areas. Pakistan needs to stop acting like the ‘thekedaar’ or ‘dada’ of the Ummah. If Egypt and Turkey can have diplomatic ties with Israel so can we(they have severed it now but still it’s a case in point). Moreover, our own condition isn’t that great that we stand for someone 1000miles away if those who are at walking distance away are not bothered. Solidarity and emotions aside, Israel is a fact and is here to stay, the quicker we accept it the better it will be.Recommend

  • forward

    move forward? are you kidding me :D lol. Recommend

  • JSM

    Do Israelis want to be friends with Pakistan?Recommend

  • Karachiwala

    Bro I suggest you run for cover, the mullah brigade will be here any second now..Recommend

  • Adil

    Anger against Israel is due to human rights violations that Palestinians have been facing for past 6 decades. One might talk about concentration camps that killed millions of innocents but what about Gaza and treatment of Arabs and Muslims in Israeli territories these days?They have been losing their lands again and again.I once read that a Palestinian person was jailed there since he had sex with a local prostitute without telling her earlier that he’s not an Israeli but a Palestinian.He did commit a sin and adultery is considered a sin not just in Islam but Judaism and Christianity too, but as per human rights charter,doesn’t it sound disgusting? Moreover, plight and pictures of destroyed houses of Palestinians just keep fueling anti-Semitism throughout Muslim world.
    I would say that issues could be sorted out if we get a strong leadership for Palestinians; plus Israel signs a charter of co-existence with all of its neighbours and gives proper respect and rights to every citizen living within its territory irrespective of his/her faith or race.Democratic structures must be strengthened all across Middle East including Saudi Arabia and all the neighbouring nations of Israel too. It’s an interesting co-incidence that both the state of Israel and Arabian kingdoms were stemmed out of British/European colonialism.
    One of my coworkers who is an Indian Chrisitian,had a chance to visit Israel and he told me that everyone there was living in a friendly environment. There was no fight between Muslims,Chrisitian and Jews, and Arabs and Israelis/Jews were working side by side. Yeah, in some areas,the situation is usually tense such as Gaza but everywhere else there’s no sign of hostility among masses.
    When Israel attacked Gaza in January 2009 then a number of Jews also protested against the aggression in Toronto.I shared this information with an aged uncle in a local Islamic centre;who responded with an offended expression saying that it’s all a drama…Jews are Jews…and there’s nothing such as Orthodox or Zionist Jews;these nice looking Jews are doing a drama and from inside they all support Israel and are against existence of Islam and Muslims. Now,such are the ideas circulating amongst us. Moreover, crisis in Middle East are viewed with religious colour not just on behalf of Islamic extremists but faithful Christians too in the Western world.One must search about Chrisitian Zionists and groups such as Jews 4 Jesus to know what I mean.Recommend

  • Muhammad

    The problem with this article is that it assumes that all opposition to Israel comes from Muslim nationalism or religious sentiment, whereas, in fact, many people (like myself) take a principled stand against Israel, one that is not based on (Muslim) nationalist arguments.

    Israel continues to violate international law by expanding settlement-building. Israel blocks the peace process because maintaining the status quo allows it to continue illegally expanding its borders into Palestinian territory. Israel occupies Palestinian territories and oppresses the people there by detaining children, obtaining forced confessions, carrying out midnight raids on innocent families, putting up checkpoints that delay people from getting to hospitals, and a million other ways. Israel is an apartheid state. Israel is a state based on the assumption that if you think God gave you a piece of land, it’s OK for you to use forcefully take that land.

    These are all very good reasons to take a principled stand against Israel, and refusing to accept the legitimacy of such a state is not even a small slap on the wrist compared to its complete refusal to follow international law or respect fundamental human rights.Recommend

  • Kabir

    Pakistan should not have any relations with Israel until Israel stops occupying Palestine. Israeli settlers continue to settle the West Bank, thereby making the two-state solution impossible. Israel is an apartheid state where Jews are first class citizens and everyone else is second class. It is not the sort of state that Pakistan, or any other Muslim country, should have relations with. Recommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/britishmuslims Mohammed Abbasi

    Pakistan needs to look after its national interests – periodRecommend

  • So True!

    Israel is a great friend of Pakistan and has supported us in Afghan Jihad.
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    We should not follow propaganda of enemies and should accept Israel. Recommend

  • Nadeem Shah

    I could not agree more, obviously the right wing extremist mullah brigade which is full of hatred and anger, and confuse Islam with killing and destruction, will not like this idea.

    Arab countries dont give a damn for Pakistan, Yassir Arafat used to call India his second home, Arab countries have never cut off relations with India over Kashmir, unfortunately our self imposed religious gangsters act like slaves of Arabs, they are chumchay and dont even get any respect in Arab nations where they abuse Pakistanis and call them Maskeen.

    I wish for once Pakistanis would show some intelligence and some pride and if Arab countries like Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, maldives, and others canmake peace, then why not us?

    Part of the problem is our religious leaders use hatred of Jews and Christians to fool people and get votes, the biggest criminals are Jamaat e Islami, these are nothing more than bigots, and racists and haters, they should be ashamed of themselves for having long beards and preaching hatred.

    Allah says to ask HIM for help, dont get help from terrorism or suicide bombings or AK 47, instead look to Allah SWT for help, so the Palestinians should pray to Allah and not do terrorism, they have even used Pakistani soil for terrorism as in the PAN AM killing of 150 people in 1986.

    This is how our Palestinian friends repaid us, since then PAN AM has not flown to Pakistan until they went out of business.

    We should definitely make friends with Israel, they are Jews and people of the book and Allah SWT sent more prophets to Jews than they sent to Muslims, we only got one. They are the followers of Hazrat Musa, they are believers and people chosen by Allah SWT.

    People talk about making peace with India, but not Israel, which is crazy, India is Hindus, which are pagan and not believers and they hold Kashmir hostage, yet we want to play cricket with them and have open borders and cultural contact, so why not Israel? Who are people of the book and are not holding any Pakistani land like India….makes no sense why we are not bothered by India, but more by Israel, because mentally we are slaves of Arabs, so if they hate Israel, we must hate Israel….its absolutely foolish.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Pakistan and Israel are the only 2 countries founded on the idea of Religion. There isn’t much confusion what Israel is, what is its culture, no linguistic pressures in Israel, but there is in Pakistan.

    Indian Muslims too were hell bent on India not having any relations with Israel, thank God the Mullah lobby isn’t that powerful in India.Recommend

  • John B

    Gentleman, it is easier for PAK to establish relationship with Indian than with Israel , although at govt levels both PAK and Israel cooperate for a long time.

    Here is the fact. In concept and ideology Israel and Pakistan are one and the same. However, the ideology of the Pakistan is incompatible with Israel. What do people in PAK are taught to say at the day of resurrection by pointing the tree ?

    Nearly three generations of PAK citizens were brain washed into this resurrection finger pointing. It will take another two generation to wipe this mentality out.

    Arab-Isarel conflict is about Palestine. Pak animosity towards Israel is about ideology of PAK.

    Here is the quick fix: normalize the relations with Indians first. You cannot dream big without normalizing your relations with India. PAK export can go via India, until PAK citizens are reeducated.

    Jews are living in India since the great flood. Recommend

  • anwar

    Naive article fit for tribune

    A very big market for Pakistani food, cotton and gems in terms of exports. (they only need raw cotton at a “give-away” price and you people want to be brokers of Pakistani labor)
    An advanced military market for Pakistani imports (should be vise versa
    A very advanced technology sector which can help Pakistan grow in agriculture, computer sciences, electronics, genetics, medicine, solar energy . (so can the US but they will not help you simpleton)
    A strong Jewish lobby all around the world, which can help Pakistan raise its image as a friendly nation. (raising the image is your own problem not a jewish lobby job)
    Moral of the story : It’s time to face it; if we want a more progressive Pakistan, we need strong friends. (no sir !!!you need to trust yourself and not your swiss jewish bankers)
    Recommend

  • Correction

    Good article Pirzada. Please correct the name of the Pakistani Ambassador to the UN as Jamshed Marker. I used to work for his family owned business in Karachi.Recommend

  • Hmmm

    Good article Pirzada. Please correct the name of the Pakistani Ambassador to the UN as Jamshed Marker. I used to work for his family owned business in Karachi.Recommend

  • GS@Y

    Tired old arguments presented in isolation. I feel no particular hostility towarsd Israel just because it’s Jewish and Zionist, but I do believe that the Palestinians have been the target of a grave historical injustice and deserve reparations. I do believe they continue to remain under a regime of occupation and apartheid. For moral reasons alone, reaching out to Israel for narrow selfish interests is uncalled-for at this point.

    That said, the biggest problems with the author’s argument are

    1) he has failed to fully support and quantify the scenario he’s painting. Who’s to say he’s not wide off the mark? As this article stands, it’s just a thinking exercise (and quite an unneeded one, to be honest) with mundane arguments pulled off the top of the author’s mind.

    2) the way for the author to go about making a case would be to fully account for all major counter-arguments and show that the benefits from what he’s suggesting outweigh those accruing from the status-quo. How is pursuing an independent policy of rapprochement with Israel- which flies in the face of our Arab League alliance, and could create economic, diplomatic, and military consequences in our Arab relationships- a good idea in context? Merely recounting some interesting anecdotes from past says nothing about real and material policy issues.

    Quite a useless article ultimately. Didn’t say or do anything new. Pretty derivative.Recommend

  • kaalchakra

    Dear author

    Not everyone is a bean counter. There are banias and may Allah bless them. Don’t reduce Pakistani to shameless baniyagiri. Recommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/ZulfikarAliBhuttoShaheed Bhutto

    Let’s talk about neighbors first !Recommend

  • http://www.twitter.com/jahanzebmemon Jz

    Good article! Now expect the worst ever comments, lol.Recommend

  • Aimen Sarfraz

    Aoa. I am deeply depressed by the way you are thinking. I would be highly obliged if you just go through the internet and actually see who is a more RADICAL nation. Its USA , ISRAEL and INDIA.I don’t know how would you react if i come to your home and on gun point i ask you to gimme space permanently at your home and then keep on doing it until u are left up with a small place and i with the major portion…. and then when you dont keep relations with me i call you as RADICAL…. pls go through the history of ISRAEL – PALESTINE and then put the same story as if it were your home.I wonder when pakistani people are going to start up thinking iother than what media is portraying.Anyways…. i would only suggest that your article will be surely fine if u really start with the meaning of radicalism and go through internet see whose killing who and why… starting with 9-11…. then decide by yourself who is radical….. atleast in your view not that country WHICH HAS THE HIGHEST RAPES in the world and also the country which kills only kids and innocent people… pls browse with an OPEN MIND.. i hope ALLAH will guide you to the true path..
    MAY ALLAH BLESS YOU…Recommend

  • Reliance

    Typical pathetic thinking of a subdued mind; hoping for yet another country to resolve Pakistan’s problems.

    Pakistan’s problems stem from it’s internal mismanagement; not from the “lack” of “friendly nations”. The political classes in Pakistan will continue to drag it from cirsis to crisis because they are absolutely clueless as to how to manage a country, socially, politically (including in foreign policy) and economically- their only concerns are money, ego and political survival.

    In addition, because the population is not united on a single ideology (and are rather divided on tribal; nationalistic lines) there is no reference point to which they hold the leaders accountable. So for the Muhajirs MQM is good because it is MQM- for Sindhis it will be PPP and so on- on the basis of caste/tribe not on the basis of how their ideology is in line with the populations views or even on the basis of how they manage public affairs.
    These are the crippling problems for Pakistan- both are INTERNAL but the ramifications of these problems project externally.

    As for your comment:

    ” A major factor for this emerging trend is the belief that Jews, Zionism, and Israel are anti-Islam, anti-Arab and pro-American.”

    Zionism and Israel are anti-Islam and anti-Arab and America is Pro-Israel- not the other way round.Recommend

  • Syed Fazil

    I would differ with your point, Your sound like another crying pakistani looking for HELP

    1) Why Zionist Lobby will help a Muslim Nation in the first place. Even if they do WHY PAKISTAN why not PALESTINE who are fighting for their LAND for over 60 Years ?

    2) We don’t have ties with Israel not as a Muslim as a HUMAN; don’t you see every second day Israeli’s attacking Palestinians

    3) Who told you Israel is a big Market for Pakistani Exports its population does not exceed 8 Million ?

    4) Four your information this friendly country has good business in Pakistan and all over the world, please take that as an example and stop acting like a cry baby we need to be smart in what we do instead of looking for HELP from ZIONISTS

    ThanksRecommend

  • http://isharearena.com M.Aswad Mehatb

    Dear Author !! Seriously ??Recommend

  • Sultan Khan

    @NBajwa: After all we have good relations with Al-Qaeda and Qatilan who have killed more than 35000 of our brothers and sisters in Pakistan whereas Isreal has yet to kill a single Pakistani.Recommend

  • Big Rizvi

    You see, the Arabs don’t recognize you as one of them. Even in Europe and America you have more rights but there, you cannot even get citizenship or own property. We should ditch this thinking that we are a part of the Arab world. No, you are Pakistan! South East Asia! Look at Israel’s patience, we have been saying alot of things about them. But did they directly do anything to us? Only once did they give us a warning because the anti-semetism was getting out of hand. Even 6-8 year olds were shouting terrible abuses against Israel at a time when they should have been at school. I don’t see anything Islamic in that.Recommend

  • Qaisrani

    Just food for thought.How many palestenians have been killed in of israel-Arab conflicts spread over decades and how many muslims have been killed in Pakistan only within last one decade by religious fanatics??

    Any statistics please.Recommend

  • Yousaf

    Pakistan should have good relations with every country in the world and that includes Israel but i fail to understand the reasoning of author on four points as i explain below:

    1) Israeli consumer market is very small when compared to what we can possibly loose by going closer with Israel.

    2) They are advanced in military equipment but there technology is very similar to what we get from US plus with china’s emergence in this sector has reduced advantage of this point.

    3) There are other countries who are cheaper and more effective in getting technology relating to fields that you mentioned, Like Spain & China for Solar, Australia for agriculture, India for medicine and computer science but i must admit Israel is good for cosmetic products made from dead sea minerals actually they are best ( i bought one last year, when i was in Italy and my wife loved it )

    4) I agree on your fourth point partially but only time can tell how helpful they can be… i know one thing that only Pakistani’s need to do well to improve our image and don’t assume that anyone else can help us here untill and unless we try harder and i know its one heck of a job. Recommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/Palestinies Fazil Gardezi

    I would differ with your point, You sound like another crying pakistani looking for HELP

    1) Why Zionist Lobby will help a Muslim Nation in the first place. Even if they do WHY PAKISTAN why not PALESTINE who are fighting for their LAND for over 60 Years ?

    2) We don’t have ties with Israel not as a Muslim as a HUMAN; don’t you see every second day Israeli’s attacking Palestinians

    3) Who told you Israel is a big Market for Pakistani Exports its population does not exceed 8 Million ?

    4) Four your information this friendly country has good business in Pakistan and all over the world, please take that as an example and stop acting like a cry baby we need to be smart in what we do instead of looking for HELP from ZIONISTSRecommend

  • Pak Tester

    Common friends,

    What I think is that Pakistanis are just Pakistanis(read earlier Indians) and not the Arabs. Ok the Arabs converted the Indians to Muslims, Now they are converting the Pakistani and Indian Muslims to Arabs. Do you really want to convert yourself to an Arab? The Mullahs must be thinking so.

    Thats the point where every Pakistani loose its identity in itself as all a Pakistani want is trying to become an Arab. You want Arabic to be your national language. I mean grow up guys, look at the Turks, they refrain from being Arab and has their own identity.

    Why support anything Arabic as against anything in Pakistani national languages. Why so much stress in growing Arabic, thus, in process, demoralizing the local languages. Don’t you think its high time now to have your own identity.Recommend

  • Pirzada Hasaan Hashmi

    @Jz: i am excepting worst Comments , But yet happy that i started a debate , its time for us to come out of the Box .Recommend

  • http://www.hbc.com.pk Mughees Ahmed

    dude Israel will always be are enemies.. Recommend

  • Pirzada Hasaan Hashmi

    @Jz: i am excepting worst Comments , But yet happy that i started a debate , its time for us to come out of the Box and speak Recommend

  • Shadytr33

    So according to you, having relations with all other countries is useless and only Israel can save us.?? Wow and pathetic at the same time. There are neighboring countries like China and India and Bangladesh which can help us immensely and vise versa. Recommend

  • siraj

    very briefly, We Must have very good terms with Israel suits from various angles.Recommend

  • Kamboh

    I don’t want to read this article thoroughly, while read its subject line. Our main dilemma is that some liberals/Seculars want to become the policy maker of Pakistan, came here after reading from Foreign universities. Relations with Israel is totally unacceptable for Pakistan till the freedom of Palestine. That is enough and understandable for all insane seculars who want to keep relation with Israel. Recommend

  • Vigilant

    Having significant interaction with Arabs…..i concluded that they don’t recognize our support and even sometimes blame for their misery……even if we ignore economic benefits…..good relations with Israel will be beneficialRecommend

  • http://www.apkpedia.com Muhammad Usman Butt

    There should be some point system for the post. So that ET can see either users like the post or not. cause i am sure ET wont read all comments. Recommend

  • AZI

    EXPRESS TRIBUNE SHOULD NOT GIVE COVERAGE TO THESE TYPE OF PEOPLE.
    THESE PEOPLE ARE AGAINST OF OUR FAITH AND DIGNITY. Recommend

  • WhatTheWhaa?

    Can I make something extremely clear to the author? We are not refusing ties with Israel because of Arab pressure, we are refusing ties because of the Israel’s continuing illegal occupation of the second holiest site in Islam – the Al Aqsa Mosque. It is equivalent to the US or some other state occupying Makkah and then the author complaining that Pakistanis are being hostile due to Arab pressure.
    The fact that the palestinian issue and occupation of jerusalem is being cut out to be an arab issue is gross misrepresentation of the historical place the site holds for majority of the worlds muslims, and it is an unwarranted attempt to alienate the issue and confine it to an ethnic context. Well it is NOT an Arab issue. It is an ISLAMIC issue, and unless this is not resolved, you can bet Pakistan will be the last country on earth to have diplomatic relations with Israel.
    Either you have misplaced your understanding of the issue or yoru deliberating distorting facts!Recommend

  • Err

    Another gimmicky attention seeking post. Recommend

  • expat

    Isn’t it bad enough we are slaving ourselves to the ungrateful Americans (under the same arguement that they hold economical and millitary might). Now the author proposes we do the same with Israel, put our corporate interests first (whilst putting aside the brutal suffering of the Palestinians) for what? A few meagre millions in economic benefits which the common man will not even get his hands on? I guess using the same articles, we should also cosy up to Syrian dictator Assad too despite brutal massacre of millions since he can offer us subsidised oil rates and other economic benefits.Recommend

  • Waqas

    I’m surprised. Do the author think that a nation consisting of only 6million people will be sooo beneficial for the Pakistani market?

    The notion of Saudi beeing the only arab country supportive of Pakistan is wrong!! Anyways Pakistan should work better to enhance its relations with all the surrounding arab states instead of supporting a small apartheid state. We have a lot more common with fellow muslims and cannot afford to isolate us from them.

    Do you really think Israel will lobby for Pakistan in Washington? I have been to Israel…and the way they mention islam and muslims is not a positive drive. We Pakistanis always sell our soul in order to be percieved as a little more modern by the outside world…while the jews are a people with a strong sense of unity, they are patriotic and would never compromise their honour. This means they will never think good of anyone except the jews. I invite you to travel to the west bank..to jerusalem…to the settlements…I have been there, and beeing stopped at the airport and interrogated for 7 hours because of the Pakistani stamp on your password tells you just a little about their perception of Pakistan…Recommend

  • YeaRight

    How can the author on one hand call himself a spokesperson of peace network, whilst on the other hand make a argument for relations with a regime that has been accusing of crimes against humanity and for continuing to violate international laws on a daily basis. Is this what the definition of peace has become? Having relations with oppressive countries because of the possible economic benefits they might offer. In the late 80′s countries started cutting relations with South Africa because of the continuing apartheid. It is about standing strong on principle, but if the author was advising on the same issue, he would have argued for maintaining relations with apartheid South Africa because of the economic benefits it brought!!!Recommend

  • BS Dtector.

    What a pointless half baked article. Does the author really think that Israel will do Pakistans bidding over India’s in Congress if we open relations with them? Israel has never even done Jordan or Egypts bidding despite having a peace treaty with them. If anything recent events in egypt should be a lesson, that you cannot artificially forge relations with a country if the public are not with you. The egyptian public has hated the mubarak regime for its relations with israel, and almost even burnt down the israeli embassy. Just because the Palestinian issue is 64 years also, dont underestimate the hatred for israel that common muslims have because of the continuing occupation of jerusalem and the suffering of palestinianians.Recommend

  • Hawk

    shame on u express tribune and author Recommend

  • Wateva

    Another gimmicky article by a wannabe activist, who wants to swing it with the cool crowd by throwing in token controversial proposals. LGBT rights, Relations with Israel, legalising prostitution, blah blah – the shock and awe strategy is growing old and not quiet cutting the edge anymore!!!Recommend

  • Anon.

    This is what happens when pappu burger bachay who study abroad, come back rosy eyed with the belief that they can solve their countries problems one pink poster at a time. Listen having peace rallies, holding hands with people of diff nationalities, singing campfire songs while braiding each others hair is all cute and dandy and an optimistic picture of world peace. In the real world it operate alot more diff based on brutal realpolitik, and you have to keep your public in mind when making such decisions. Just ask the Egyptians how their love story with Israel is working out – they almost burnt down their embassy, and blow up the oil pipelines to israel every second day.
    I would expect a beauty pageant contest to write a better article on achieving peace with Israel.Recommend

  • MK

    I favor the view of the author as frankly if you see history of Palestinians they have always sided with Indians so a better role can be played by recognizing them and playing our part for peace in that region acting as a negotiator between two warring parties. While we sympathize with Palestinians current predicament they are partly responsible for their own fate plus mr azi islam teaches tolerance for other view, not intolerance.Recommend

  • Owais

    I cant believe i wasted my 5 min of my work time on reading this article! this article is childishRecommend

  • Imran

    one word “PATHETIC”Recommend

  • haris ali

    @AZI:
    express tribune always publishes or posts this kind of stuff. its our fault that we cant stop reading this good-for-nothing newspaper.Recommend

  • Harris

    It’s ironic how the secularists keep ranting about the “mullahs”; when the govt. of Pakistan has always been secular, whether in the form of a dictatorship or “democracy”. The systems of shariah have never been applied so why is Islam to blame for the ills of Pakistan?
    Attack on illiterate “Mullahs” is a cheap way of attacking Islam- if you want to challenge the Islamic ideology then challenge the works of Al-Nabhanni (ironically a Palestinian Islamic Scholar).
    Most of the secularists are just smitten with the western way of life- which has destroyed the fabric of western society (drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, crime, broken families- I could go on and on etc.etc.); has caused more deaths through aggressive warfare than any other empire in history. And in reality the same western secular empire is the root of the problems of the Middle-East and elsewhere in the Muslim world- preventing them, for example, choosing a direction for themselves which would be contrary to their imperial interests. This is evident even in their statements on Imran Khan, as to whether he is “pro-America” or “anti-America”- shouldn’t a leader just be pro- his own people? It is evident in the way leaders behave as well- look at Gilani/Zardari- how servile they are to the US. And the author wants us to have a new mater- Israel.

    Secularists are just a product of their secular education; they can’t think beyond the boundaries carved out for them by their imperial masters.Recommend

  • Moz

    @NBajwa:

    Yeah, but u do want to talk to the terrorists like Taliban. Why not hold same standards for everyone?Recommend

  • ExcuseMe?

    @Big Rizvi
    Listen before you start Arab bashing, let me remind you Pakistanis are better off there then in in the West. You talk about racism? How much better is the racism situation in the West? Every Pakistani in the West is treated as a potential terrorist. Atleast at Arab airports you are not detained for 2 hours immigration interrogation and pat down and checked inside out and humiliated at airports like the way Pakistanis are at JFK and other American airports. Let me also remind you that even economically Pakistanis in Gulf countries are better off than in the West, some of the most senior financial entities in the Gulf are headed by Pakistanis (which btw I am citing from personal experience) we earn alot better than our Western counterparts who tend to be marginalised, or work in lower tertiary sectors because of the poor economic situation in the west these days. Also I dunno if you have been living under a rock, but now you can even own property in the Gulf, and Saudi has even decided to nationalise expats including Pakistanis who have been living for more than 25 years. The rest of the Gulf countries protect immigration because they are locals are in the minorities and that rule is imposed against ALL nationalities NOT just pakistanis. Whereas in the West esp UK and US, everybody knows how the immigration discrimination against Pakistanis has only worsened in the last few years. Forget citizenship, as a student its a nightmare to even try to get a student visa to go there and study. SO please get a reality check and make reasonable arguments. GUlf Pakistanis form a huge component of the foreign remittances to Pakistan, which allows our crippled economy to stay afloat. So please dont disparage Arab assistance to Pakistanis. I dont know if you criticism has to do with sectarian differences or not, but you need to recheck your facts before you make such unfair sweeping statements. Recommend

  • Parvez

    To do what you have suggested we have to first put our house in order and get counted as a responsible state in the committee of nations, then any country would want to befriend us.
    Your argument comes across as a ‘quick fix’ solution for us and that never works.Recommend

  • http://Karachi ashar

    Pakistan neither need Israel nor USA. All Pakistan needs is to get rid of its corrupt and inapt leadership who have failed to establish fair system of government since the independence of Pakistan.

    Once we have a leadership of integrity, there will be no harm in shaking hands with any one. And I believe no body will argue with the Government regarding the relationship with India, USA or Israel.

    An example can be seen in the case of Turkey. They are no less good muslims than us. The difference is that they have confidence upon thier leadership. I suppose every one would remember the incident of Freedom Flotilla. When you have good leadership these kind of matters are addressed at the right time and place.

    The author is however advised to read history what seems he have not. Otherwise he would have not opined so strongly to have good relationship with Israel. And being muslim nation and country we should not be concerned to only material benefits of any relationship forgetting all kind of spiritual or moral losses that we may recieve. Recommend

  • Touched101

    OUR founder wasn’t even religious! He was a good liberal man who owned loads of suits…but funny we always picture him in a hat and Shalwar kamiz! I’m sure he wouldn’t have wanted a religiously extremist pakistan. Being on good terms with israel will benefit us as the writer has mentioned. Pakistan should put it’s national interest first…hum koi chacha thori hein palestine kay. Turkey and egypt are on good terms with israel and also with saudia arab…why can’t we have that? Nobody calls turkey or egypt an extremist country. Recommend

  • Ohplease

    “We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.” – David Ben Gurion, first Israeli prime minister.

    You want relations with these colonists? Not me, sorry.Recommend

  • sunflower

    though da writer has summed up alot of positive points dat isreel is a gud old fellow,,,,,,, but da bottom line is NO, dey can never be trusted,,,,,pakistan cud tie dere buisness wid many other countries as well where it gain more prosperity,,,,,,,Recommend

  • Sayed Aasim

    If we can grant India an MFN status, where we believe it has conducted genocide in Kashmir and to may Kashmir’s is recognized as an aggressor army and nation, why with a country who we have no land and intellectual disputes expect the matter of Palestine, where Palestine itself has recognized its existence.

    I am for opening of the dialogue and finding common grounds so that even if we do not become buddies, we can at least live and let live on acceptable terms.Recommend

  • tj

    Pakistan not recognising Israel because of what they have done with Palestine is like expecting the Arab world to abandon India because of the Kashmir issue.Only we are fools to do the former.Recommend

  • Adil

    Are you not aware of Israel’s human rights abuses? The state of the Palestinians at the hands of the Israelis? Have you never seen pictures of Palestinian children and women with their blood soaked, decapitated and severely mutilated bodies? What is wrong with you?

    Have you forgotten what the great Quaid said about Israel “An illegitiate child of the West.”

    Israel can NEVER be recognized as a legal state, leave alone Pakistan initiating friendly relations with it!

    Open your eyes! Recommend

  • A Peshawary

    Is there any logic in not having relations with a nation recognized by everybody except a few? Did Pakistan’s no diplomatic relations with Israel had any impact? The answer is NO rather it did not help Pakistan’s casue in interanational relations at all. Leaving aside all the arguments; is it justified to not have relations with anyone one based on pretext or another; the answer of a sane mind is NO. It is always helpful to have rahter not to have relations.

    The big question is; Don’t’ we have diplomatic ties with India our biggest (so called) enemy? Have we severed our relations with India becasuse of human rigts violations or so many other reasons of political and media pundits on Kashmir issues.

    Lastly, We must notice writtings on the wall to open our eyes and live in real world instead of daydreaming, it is never to late to make wise decisions.

    A PeshawaryRecommend

  • Abuzar.

    . WHO WROTE It… I think the Writer is Either paid by them or one of em…. He is acting as if Asrael is looking forward to build good relations with Pakistan. Mussad is Responsible for half the Terrorist Attacks in Pakistan and you wna be Ingood terms with em.?? We have been trying to be in good terms with Ammerica for past 65 years and what do we get. DRONES.. and what makes you think Israel will not do the same.?? Israel’s existence is only because of America and they are nothing but puppets of America. You want to export Food and Cotton then Whats wrong with Saudi Nations. You know India is Largest Halal food exporter for Saudi Arab although Pakistan has the Capacity to do far batter and being a Muslim country it should be exporting Halal food not India but Only because of the Faliour of our government and concerning departments we are lacking behind and not because we do not have good relations with Israel. you want to built Military and Technology ties then whats wrong with CHINA, Japan, Russia and other supreme powers. you think Israel can help is in this sector more then these countries even though Israel itself is flourishing on Americas leftovers.??
    You think Israel can or will ever help us More then China and Arab Countries Have already Helped us.?? You think they will not do to us what they are have done to Palestine.??
    their intelligence agency is trying to destroy our Nuclear power and you want to be friends with them. HOW IGNORANT ARE YOU…!Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali

    I really appreciate writer’s intelligence as how beautifully he represented his liberal-fascist friends in this article showing only one side of the coin. The apparent glitter of this side of coin may dazzle some people but the other side is quite dark enough to ignore. Lets start with what Israelis think about Pakistan. The sayings of the founder of Israel Daved Goryon are quite famous: “The world Zionist movement should not be neglectful of the dangers of Pakistan to it. And Pakistan now should be its first target, for this ideological State is a threat to our existence. And Pakistan, the whole of it, hates the Jews and loves the Arabs. “This lover of the Arabs is more dangerous to us than the Arabs themselves. For that matter, it is most essential for the world Zionism that it should now take immediate steps against Pakistan. “Whereas the inhabitants of the Indian peninsula are Hindus whose hearts have been full of hatred towards Muslims, therefore, India is the most important base for us to work there from against Pakistan. “It is essential that we exploit this base and strike and crush Pakistanis, enemies of Jews and Zionism, by all disguised and secret plans.”
    This quote was published in the Jewish Chronicles 9. August 1967.
    So, now a founder of a country says this about Pakistan, do we find any chance of vowing friendship with them unless we throw away our brain and think like this?Recommend

  • PT

    For all those against Pakistani ties with Israel on the basis that they occupy Muslim land and kill Muslims, please consider the following:

    Many Arab countries have relations with Israel
    No Arab country has ever cared about Pakistan, nor supported Pakistan on Kashmir. This despite Pakistan needlessly spending so much time and effort supporting the Palestinian cause
    Arab people have little or no respect for Pakistanis
    Pakistan has relations with tyrannical countries like Syria and no one seems to be bothered
    Pakistan doesn’t agree with countries like India or the US, but still Pakistan has relations

    Great article. Thanks for speaking your mid. Though I think some of your reasoning is flawed (eg lobbying, arms, cotton). But you are right in principle.Recommend

  • bilal

    This abomination is based on feelings
    of Islamic solidarity with Arab
    countries

    How can someone be so naive to think that it has something to do with solidarity with Arabs? Our first qiblah is under israeli occupation and they continue to annihilate our brothers and sisters in Gaza and you think we hate Israel to show solidarity with Arabs!!!Recommend

  • You Buffoon

    Americans tried to teach you a lesson with their FRAAANDSHIP and you learn nothing.
    pityRecommend

  • Sohail Gogal

    We should have ties with each and every country… we may have completely different views on the matter but it is never a justification for not having diplomatic ties…. we had 3 wars with India and both countries actively employ insurgency and dirty covert tactics against each other.. but did that ever stop us from shutting diplomatic channels – answer is ‘no’. Then why should Israel be an exception? We can fiercely oppose their position on Palestine, Arab region & Iran, even while we have active diplomatic presence on each other’s soil…. May be that way our opposition will be much deeply felt by Israel.

    I do agree that Israel’s aggressive military policy in the region, that is totally devoid of any sense of proportionality when responding to threats and their clear disregard of human rights, will be very difficult to deal with but with 2 countries engaging with each other – this will surely have direct & profound impact on the regional politics and power structure of middle east and subcontinent. BTW until we don’t have something… how can we ever tell what we’ve been missing…Recommend

  • Tipukhan

    I am quite fascinated by the material in this article. It seems to me that the writer needs to look at a little bit of history. You do know that Israel has been conspiring against Pakistan for the last what, 50 years or so? You do realize that Israeli planes were in air to shoot down Kahuta on 28th May before Pakistan gave a retaliation warning?
    Lets talk in context of the whole world now. You do realize that Israel has dislocated more than 5 million Palestinians? Do you realize that Israel has openly declared war against all of Muslims? Don’t believe me? Review the interview of the Mossad spies who said after 9/11 that they are glad that America has the same enemy as Israel now.
    Pakistanis having diplomatic relations with Israel is impossible. Our forefathers have also denounced the existence of that so called country. When Quaid e Azam received a letter from Israeli delegation, he didn’t even bother to reply.Recommend

  • Tipukhan

    Have a look at Turkey, the most secular Muslim country. Erdogan was interviewed by Hamid Mir and he was asked whether Pakistan should have relations with Israel. Erdogan refused to comment on that specific question, but he regardless mentioned that despite Turkey having diplomatic relations with Israel, the Israelis never treated the Turkish as diplomatic allies.
    Pakistan accepting the existence of Israelis is utmost nonsense.Recommend

  • Tipukhan

    Pakistanis having diplomatic relations with Israel is impossible. Our forefathers have also denounced the existence of that so called country. When Quaid e Azam received a letter from Israeli delegation, he didn’t even bother to reply. When Liaquat Ali Khan was offered millions of dollars of that time just to recognize Israel, he said “our souls are not for sale”. Recommend

  • Tipukhan

    “The world Zionist movement should not be neglectful of the dangers of Pakistan to it. And Pakistan now should be its first target, for this ideological State is a threat to our existence. And Pakistan, the whole of it, hates the Jews and loves the Arabs. “This lover of the Arabs is more dangerous to us than the Arabs themselves. For that matter, it is most essential for the world Zionism that it should now take immediate steps against Pakistan. “Whereas the inhabitants of the Indian peninsula are Hindus whose hearts have been full of hatred towards Muslims, therefore, India is the most important base for us to work there from against Pakistan. “It is essential that we exploit this base and strike and crush Pakistanis, enemies of Jews and Zionism, by all disguised and secret plans.”
    -David Ben Gurion, Jewish Chronicle 1967.

    ^This is the intention of Israelis about Pakistan. The author is being absolutely ignorant.Recommend

  • farhan

    Let me correct u, israel is not hated due to some religious obligations of Muslims towards arab but it is hated due to what it is doing in Palestine… Israel killed innocents for her benefitRecommend

  • shakir sharif

    Mr. Hassaan Hashmi, you seems blind while writing this article. How do you expect us to have strong ties with a country who is killing our innocent Muslim brothers and sisters and innocent kids?
    Do you have any single satisfactory answer to it? can you hand shake with a person who is killing your own brothers or sisters? If you will still do so, then you’re blind.

    Israel is never meant to be friend of us and we wont be in future, innshaAllah.

    Telll me thnking sensible is only for us, muslims, why dont these israelies and other so called powers behave sensible and stop killing innocents muslims. Recommend

  • shan

    Can I make something extremely clear to the author? We are not refusing ties with Israel because of Arab pressure, we are refusing ties because of the Israel’s continuing illegal occupation of the second holiest site in Islam – the Al Aqsa Mosque. It is equivalent to the US or some other state occupying Makkah and then the author complaining that Pakistanis are being hostile due to Arab pressure.
    The fact that the palestinian issue and occupation of jerusalem is being cut out to be an arab issue is gross misrepresentation of the historical place the site holds for majority of the worlds muslims, and it is an unwarranted attempt to alienate the issue and confine it to an ethnic context. Well it is NOT an Arab issue. It is an ISLAMIC issue, and unless this is not resolved, you can bet Pakistan will be the last country on earth to have diplomatic relations with Israel.
    Either you have misplaced your understanding of the issue or yoru deliberating distorting facts!Recommend

  • shakir sharif

    @Pirzada Hasaan Hashmi:

    Im just shocked to read few lines of your article. are you blind? cant you see killings of innocent muslims brothers, sisters, kids by ISRAEL and you want us to have strong ties with them? I bet they wont spare us too if they got a chance to kill us and our kids. Why didn’t you ask Pakistan to have strong ties with Malaysia, with Turkey, with Russia. In fact you’ve earned writing this alot. Recommend

  • Fatima

    Shouldn’t Pakistan focus on its own problems rather than relying on other countires? Why don’t you write an article about kicking the lame leaders out of Pakistan ? I doubt you are even Muslim , instead of relying on Allah and solving your problem yourself you found out Israel ???
    I strongly disagree with you Mr. Author ….. Baseless , useless and totally stupid article !!!
    Let them make their lobbies , you concentrate on your resources . Is Israel going to provide basic rights to the people of Pakistan? I am not talking about people like you , who have enough time to write strange articles , I am talking about the normal Pakistani people who are suffering!!!!Recommend

  • Siddh

    Friendship yes…. If you give Palestenians their rights, not jail them in a walled country. What is your suggestion on that? I’d like to know.Recommend

  • Junaidy

    @moshe:
    what u said israel want peace???

    just go to palestine with ur kids n u’ll come to know what peace they want..
    they destroy their homes including children… i mean u people are so hypocrite that u r not even able to see what the hell israel doing there…
    israel n jews are the biggest terrorist of the world…
    and InshaAlllah jab tak pakistan me gherat mand muslims maujood hain we will never recongize israel as as state… goto hell israel and their supporters…Recommend

  • azhar88

    maybe their is some logical argument that this author is presenting that i cannot understand. Maybe 2+2=1 Recommend

  • hafsa sheikh

    lolol sold mediaRecommend

  • host

    The problem with the article (and the author) is that he assumes what he thinks is. what is thought by Israel too. May I ask, list the benefits that we are going to get from befriending Israel?
    How could we forget that it was Israel first who categorically stated that Islam and Pakistan are the “next problems”?

    Recommend

  • http://www.salmanzq.com salman

    agree with you author. Well written and good points. I’d like to have this nonsense of ‘all countries except israel’ removed from my passport! It’s a holy place anyway. Wouldn’t mind traveling there if we could. Pakistan and Pakistanis have to be more open and accommodating in their viewpoint of the world. That was the prophet’s way anyway. not this bomb and kill thinking that has developed hereRecommend

  • 009

    The writer is a political activist and a spokesperson for IHRP (Interfaith Harmony for Religious Peace).

    The only reason for writing this piece!Recommend

  • Dante

    Pakistan will be backstabbed spectacularly if what you recommend actually happen in reality.

    It’s easy writing blogs in the comfort of your air-conditioned bedroom.Recommend

  • Sophia

    Rights based on race, that is what Israel is based on, the racist ideology of racism, and your soul is as dead as Israel to suggest that one should focus on what benefits one and not have any moral principles to oppose brutal military occupations, a record of human rights violations, apartheid state as long as it benefits you. This is exactly the kind of justification that those who historically and currently support crimes against humanity use including the very religious fundamentalist that you seem to think you are separating yourself from. Palestinians like all human beings deserve to live with dignity and not under brutal military occupation has nothing to do with Islam, Arabs or whatever else you use as justification you use to urge support for racism, colonialism and apartheid. Recommend

  • politically incorrect

    @Ahmed Ali
    @Tipukhan

    Thanks for putting it in perspective.
    And the quotes from ‘David Goryon’, and the reference to Quaid e Azam and Liaqut Ali Khan lend credence to your morally correct stance on this issue. Recommend

  • Jhangir Khan

    Mr. innocent writer and my friends Israel or Jew cannot be Muslims’s friend for Muslim the occupation of holy sites are not acceptable and why u beveling on relations with Israel make your relation with ALLAH, and see ……………………..Recommend