Why Pakistan should recognise Israel

Published: November 16, 2015
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Sometimes it becomes inexorable and practical to change the paradigms, let the past stay in the past and forget about historical incidents in order to open doors that lead to peace, prosperity and harmony.

History documents that Pakistan and Israel are never directly involved in hostility or disputes with each other. However, in showing solidarity with Arab countries and in support of Palestine, Pakistan has categorically refused to recognise Israel as an independent state since its inception. Our history books and widespread stereotypes have played a major role in filling our hearts and minds with hatred against Israel.

Considering the cost-benefit analysis and without abandoning support for the Palestinians, here are some of the reasons to accord recognition to Israel:

1. To promote regional peace, foster inter-ethnic and interfaith harmony with understanding.

2. The strategic location of Pakistan and geographical location of Israel can definitely complement one another well.

3. To lessen the pressure of difficult neighbours. Such an increase in the list of allies can do wonders.

4. To better Pakistan’s image as a friendly and moderate Islamic state.

5. To boost the economy by building trade relations, importing foodstuffs, cotton, etc., since Israel offers a huge market, and benefiting with the Israeli export of military and agricultural technology.

6. To put an end to hypocrisy, because after devastating wars with India and with the Kashmir issue still unsettled even after scores of years, India was not only accepted as a state but voted as the “most favoured nation”. On the other side, Pakistan buys ammunition from Israel, lets Israeli products dominate its market and yet is hesitant to accept Israel as a free state. (Robert Fisk highlights the arm deals in between Pakistan and Israel in his book The Great War for Civilisation.)

7. Pakistan-Israel ties could be an advantageous move as Israel has great influence on the United States and India.

8. Opening academic and cultural exchange opportunities for students.

9. Allowing Muslim and Christian Pakistanis to visit their holy places in Israel.

10. Jews, Muslims and Christians share some commonalities in their faith, which can definitely promote interfaith harmony.

11. By establishing ties, Pakistan can influence Israel with regard to resolving the Kashmir issue and can possibly play a part in normalising relations between Palestine and Israel.

12. Lastly, policies are not decoration pieces. They are meant to change with the growing needs and for the protection of national interests and national security.

Pakistan has not accorded Israel recognition since its inception due to the Palestine issue, and fears that India-Israel connections are working against its security, ultimately affecting the sub-continental balance of power. However, there is dire need to wash out all the stereotypes which have existed in our belief system since our inception.

Firstly, we need to realise that it is not about Jews versus Muslims. It is more Israel versus Palestine, mainly over land disputes. There are nearly 400,000 Palestinian Christians among the sufferers in disputed lands.

Secondly, we can no longer blame the US, India and Israel for anything and everything that happens in our country.

Thirdly, Arab countries enjoy good relations with Israel. Even Turkey – one of our supporters – has good diplomatic relations with Israel. Furthermore, Pakistan extended its full support to some of the Arab countries against Israel, but Pakistan was hardly backed by Saddam Hussein, Yasser Arafat and many other Muslim leaders when Pakistan was in need of support.

Rationally, is there any reason not to have diplomatic relations with Israel? The need of the hour is to realise that Israel didn’t vanish from the map because Pakistan decided not to recognise it. On the other hand, Pakistan is getting nothing out of this rigid stance.

Our own country is riddled with humongous problems and disputes that need to be addressed before we point fingers at Israel’s intrusion into the Palestinian land.

Pakistan must not only reassess the realities on the ground, but needs to readjust its diplomatic stance. Logical reasoning, a rational attitude and political maturity need to replace the emotional stance, aggressive slogans and baseless rhetoric. Making such changes democratically will be an uphill task, because foreign policy cannot be formed without consideration for public opinion. Education and balanced media can play major role in deeper understanding of such sensitive issues, issues that should be discussed in parliament, not in roadside restaurants and streets corners.

This post originally appeared here.

Noman Sajjad

Noman Sajjad

An FCC graduate, Fullbright Scholar and an Intern at Research and Advocacy Fund, a programme managed by the British Council. Enjoys writing, travelling and life.

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

  • Tribune

    Come on man!!!! I just clicked that ‘here’ thing. “This post originally appeared here.”… http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Opinion-Why-Pakistan-should-recognize-Israel-432728

    Believe you me, there wont be any fun in this world if you don’t have enemies.. lets have a couple of them, including your love Israel.Recommend

  • Aftab Riaz

    what a funny article. :)
    do you really know why the relations of Pakistan with Israel is like that and on what basis?
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  • Brain Think

    Well Saudi Arabia might accept Israel very soon, because of their anti iran stance. If Saudi does it, then the Pak Army generals should not have a problem with it also.

    Our generals just do not want to take the first step. That is all.Recommend

  • Atif Ejaz

    Couldn’t agree moreRecommend

  • Jayman

    What is this “strategic location” of Pakistan?Recommend

  • Faizan

    You completed overlooked the religious fundamentalist groups in Pakistan. Just imagine how Hafiz saeed and others will react on this.Recommend

  • maz3tt

    Do you know how hollow and lame your points look. you sound like nawaz shareef or especially obama talking about peace words with nothing to back with.

    How can we recognize isreal who is planning to blow up Masjid-e-Aqsa and start the third world war? How can we recognize Isreal who is joke for peace and killing and jailing small children? i can go on and on.Recommend

  • Omer

    Dear u are funded by British Council & speaking lines of funders. People do not know about real world talk the things like you. Read the whole of history of world & jew tricks to take over world. You have no knowledge about real world. People like you, just like on cyber world & never understand the truth.Recommend

  • Sohaib

    israel is a terrorist state they have occupied palestinians’ land..they commit grave violations of human rights.. the country itself is an occupied territory by a bunch of now heavily armed narrow minded people whom ancestors fled europe coz of fear of persecution and seek refuge in Palestine.. if someone recognizes israel its a shame .. it means they don’t care for fundamental human rights!Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE

    Noman Injustice is injustice even after a million years…….Recommend

  • Zeeshan Dhanani

    Wow!!! What a pathetic post!!! Listen man, I got nothing against the Jews, live and let live, plus Jon Stewart is the greatest commentator ever, and I love Starbucks…so yeah, there is some hypocrisy here…but giving an occupier like this state legitimacy is everything we should be against. Your “Khumbaya” post is admirable and the point about promoting religious harmony is well taken but let me ask you a question. How can there be peace without a stop to the occupier extending its settlement? Why has there been no progress over the last 15 years on the 2 state solution? Why is the occupier making weapons deals and not opening a dialogue with Palestine? You say accept the occupier on economic grounds, I say keep your money and please please please please send it through the UN!!!!Recommend

  • Zaid Feroz

    Okay here’s a balanced and fair analysis……whatever that is mentioned in this is true and legit…..and i am all for “inter-faith harmony” and all that…..BUT a society like Pak which is deeply conservative, where liberalism is seen with suspicion and considered *ahem ahem* “anti-patriotic”, sadly it is impossible for Pak to recognize Israel……I mean Salmaan Taseer got shot 40+ times for crying out loud because he said that the Blasphemy laws in this country are being used to oppress the minorities (and the whole “Kala Kanoon thing? : ask yourself whether any Hindu or Christian in their right mind would commit Blasphemy in such a conservative society before saying Blasphemy laws in Pak exist for a good reason)…..imagine if some liberal politician said Pak should recognize Israel……its like signing a death warrant…..Unfortunately illiteracy and “might is right” reigns supreme in this country…..open debates and free thinking is considered blasphemousRecommend

  • Wasi Khan

    Hmmm …. nice assignment under British Council. Be creative man. Can you write any topic on your will? Slavary of mind is worst then any other type of slavery.

    Recommend

  • Humza

    If Pakistan recognizes India and tries to develop good relations with it despite the ongoing occupation of Kashmir, why shouldn’t it try to develop good relations with Israel too? I agree with this article.Recommend

  • bimalwilliam

    When people of Pakistan can forgive their own, why not Israel.Recommend

  • Alam cheema

    So ISrael will solve kashmir problem…good….very good….dream on dude….kashmir is in its rightful place…as per UN resolution pakistan must vacate the land of occupied muzzafarabad and GB….can u please write an essay on COW….Recommend

  • Alam cheema

    You arabs have also occupied our land and renamed in pakistan….it does not change the history of land…its just 1400 years old…Hebrew is 3 times more older kid…i.e. around 5000 year old…Recommend

  • Khalid

    I fail to see what Pakistan have against Israel exactly. You can go all day about their injustices against Palestine but the fact of the matter is that other ‘muslim’ Middle-Eastern countries like Egypt and Jordan have recognized Israel and what is that we have against them exactly? We have far too many problems to worry about Palestine and hate on Israel and if our country is so concerned about the state of muslims then look at other muslim countries like Syria as well.

    However I also feel that in a highly conservative country like Pakistan recognizing Israel will only cause more problems so might as well leave things as they areRecommend

  • Tanveer Khadim

    In this fast-changing world, establishing new diplomatic ties with unconventional countries is the need of the hour.

    Pakistan-Israel officially declared diplomatic ties will be a significant dimension of creating new foreign relations for mutual understanding and further diplomatic-cum-strategic progress as well as economic enhancement at international level.

    In this regard, public opinion should be developed with open-talks within Pakistan. The example of Israeli ties with other Muslim countries such as Turkey, Egypt, Jordan etc are enough to understand the substantial benefits of this sort of unconventional relations.Recommend

  • wb

    India voted most favored nation by Pakistanis? You’re a Fulbright Scholar? OMG!Recommend

  • Kamran

    Brave, very brave to make a stand on this issue. It might actually be easier to help Palestinians if we recognized Israel. Treating them as the enemy only serves to isolate Palestinians … who we’ve been unable to help anyways … quite to the contrary, if anyone remembers the events of Black September in the 1970s – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_September_in_JordanRecommend

  • talha usmani

    Bro you are one confused individual.Recommend

  • talha usmani

    Ignorance is bliss. You seem to come from 50 years in the past.Recommend

  • talha usmani

    Good points raised in the blog. I think it is about time Pakistan starts living in 2015 and not 1950. Having good relations with Israel are the need of the time.Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE

    Israel is continuing its injustice and muslims should resist it till Allah makes us victorious……Recommend

  • cautious

    “To better Pakistan’s image as a friendly and moderate Islamic state”

    Admirable goal — but even recognition of Israel is only one step if you want to be perceived as moderate nation.Recommend

  • Zeeshan Dhanani

    lol…..arabs … not an arab son…a Pakistani….u hurt about us taking your land? no problem…take Raiwind…and give Palestine its territorial rights! I never said you should leave Israel…just stop being prats and give Palestine their rights! There is no reason why a Muslim, Jew and Christian cannot share Jerusalem ?Recommend

  • Faraz

    What a love for Israel , Its all due to the educational background of the authorRecommend

  • Muhammad Hammad Tariq

    This intially organised to brainwashed our thoughts and feelings about israeil by ignoring they forcefully occupied palestines landRecommend

  • RameshHeg

    Sounds like you are from the “moderate” Islamic state the author wants to “project”. LOLRecommend

  • pod pradhan

    you do this and you lose the tiniest credibility for the kashmir cause for the lifetime of pakistanRecommend

  • Dr.M.M.Khan

    It is a well written article but i don’t know if the author has visited Israel or not. I for one visit it quite frequently. The israelis have made deserts bloom and militarily and economically israel can be proud of itself thanks to it’s friend US. A friend in need is a friend indeed. But Israel has a garrison mentality. My personal engagement with the israelis has nothing but friendly. In fact i have had more helpful israelis than the palestinians. But having said i would invite the author to walk the wall and see the sufferings of the palestinians. it will bring tears to your eyes. There is miles and miles of separation wall which physically and visually separates families from families and jews from palestinians. But now moving on to recognition why not? Israel is both a defacto state and a dejure state. The late of Shah recognized it! The former pakistani president Musharraf was interested in recognising Israel and in fact shook President Peres hand but facing the criticisim in Pakistan maintained it was accidental. India recognised Israel long ago and recently the President of India was in Israel. The problem facing Pakistan is that there is not going to be a Palestinian state any soon. The Oslo Accord was a sell out. Shall Pakistan recognise Israel as a jewish state? This means nearly 25% of the arab population including Palestinians become second class citizens. Do we accept Jerusalam as the undivided capital of Israel? The author suggests that the question of recognition be discussed in the Parliament but it reprensts street power and the latter will not accept the PM of Isreal’s conditions. I assure you i will soon be preying at the noble sanctuary come what may come. It belongs to us and nobody else period.Recommend

  • Arabs have occupied Pakistan? You need to get back on your meds.Recommend

  • This article is a joke surely. It has to be.

    A) Israel is a racist, rapacious entity and Pakistanis need to not damn our country’s soul more than we already have by getting into an embrace with it;

    B) What about all our Arab allies who are a critical source of foreign earnings and influence for Pakistan? How will they react to our us forging our own self-righteous policy on Israel?; and

    C) Most importantly, why should ANY government in Pakistan waste its political capital on this non-issue with questionable value when so many real problems require tough decisions?Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    There has never been a conflict between Israel and Pakistan but I have seen Pakistanis saying there can be no peace with Israel unless….. so what if both Jordan and Egypt have formally recognised Israel.

    Asking Pakistani’s to recognise Israel is like asking them to forget Kashmir, sometimes when one looks at the Pakistanis talking about Arab world, they sound more Arab than Arab’s themselves. Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    We won’t do business and we will not allow you to do business. Pakistan was not called an international migraine by a former Secretary of state of US for no reason. Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    What’s the status of Kerry Luger bill mate.

    – Friends of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    Exactly. In short term, You should not try changing this mindset else many will be dead but this is not good for long term at the same time.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    The Pakistanis have a special place for Jews in their hearts. Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    Ian counting on people like you. May your tribe grow across the border. Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    No we don’t, please enlighten us with your precious thoughts. Recommend

  • Syed Rizvi

    Totally support the idea. Pakistan Foreign policy needs overhauling and needs to be aligned with 2015 and 60s and 70s. Recommend

  • curious2

    Not recognizing Israel accomplishes what? The Muslim countries that influence the Israel/Palestine dispute are those that recognize/engage with Israel – not the ones that sit in the bleachers and make speeches for domestic consumption. Israel’s not going away – even the most desperate anti Israel fanatic has to understand that.Recommend

  • Blue eyes

    Absolutely agreed. Jordan, Egypt +++ have relations so why not Pakistan. Both are religion based states, both have common routes to the Abrahmic faith & both survive in a hostile environment. History shows that the Jews had their Golden Age during Muslim rule in Spain so there is more commonality between them. Pakistan can play a positive role in solving there issues & act as a friendship bridge for the Arab Israeli states in the same as it did for the US China relations.Recommend

  • Jayman

    Shouldn’t somebody ask the Israelis too?Recommend

  • Naeem Khan

    Have you ever been
    to Gaza and West Bank, go there and witness the daily humiliation
    inflicted on those people by the Israelis. While you are at it, reak
    the book written by President jimmy Carter about apartheid Israel and
    how they violate human rights at will on daily basis. We did not
    recognize South Africa for decades when ruled by White minority so
    why should we recognize this apartheid and ruthless occupiers who
    deny the basic human rights to the Palestinians. You think Pakistan
    has problems now, recognize Israel and the problems will be doubled
    because they have never accepted Pakistan’s nuclear program and they
    will destabilize Pakistan in cahoots with India and the US. Keep them
    away from Pakistan as far and as long as possible.Recommend

  • Time Is Up

    “Pakistan must not only reassess the realities on the ground, but needs
    to readjust its diplomatic stance. Logical reasoning, a rational
    attitude and political maturity need to replace the emotional stance,
    aggressive slogans and baseless rhetoric..”

    Why not do all the above things with India? That will give far better benefits than the long distant relationship with Israel.Recommend

  • Farhan Abbasi

    All islamic states except pakistan have good relationship with israel and the most important thing is that our markets are full of israili products
    thats not a valid point that they are terorist if it is so then why u accept india they also occupied kashmir??/Recommend

  • Farah Samuel

    Well written. Good to see someone giving an all new perspective to Pak-Israel ties!Recommend

  • Largo Gan

    So, given all these facts, why is Israel’s legitimacy challenged, while the legitimacy of Pakistan, a state that had never before existed and whose creation resulted in the largest mass migration in recorded history, is never challenged?Recommend

  • ab

    Will you recognize Taliban?Recommend

  • ab

    or the isis?Recommend

  • Hamza Habib

    do you have any idea how important our ports are to the world. had our country not faced such a security situation we would have been like dubai.Recommend

  • Jayman

    UAE is a secular nation. Yours is not.Recommend

  • Asghar

    Of all the topics in the world why would you want to write about this(Unless you were made to)? The true test of your writing skills would be an equally unconvincing article on “Why Pakistan should never recognise Israel”Recommend

  • marik

    It would be a far better idea to establish an alliance with Iran and India rather than recognizing Israel to ‘resolve the Kashmir dispute’.Recommend

  • Aman

    I really didnt want to comment anywhere on this article… but ur comment… lol… i just couldn’t ignore it.. UAE secular??? seriously??? u really thought ud say that and ppl woudnt pick up on it… the only diff between the UAE and Iran is that when the cops in UAE catch u for something Un-Islamic, theres a much better chance that your imprisonment wont make it on the news is all… Rape victims end up being imprisoned in UAE under adultery just like in Tribal Areas of Pakistan.. only diff being that our tribal areas are being forced to accept views of the center… this took place in the heart of UAE only months ago… in Dubai!Recommend

  • Waqas

    Go live there…Recommend

  • Sohaib

    “Islamic states” are not an paragon for Pakistan to follow.. Most of them don’t care for human rights and if some “Islamic state” is doing something wrong it doesn’t mean we can follow the suit blindly as “islamic state” is doing so…. .Kashmire is a disputed territory and Pakistan doesn’t accept india’s authority in Kashmire but rest of india is not disputed with Pakistan. so your comparing Pakistan’s recognition of india with Israel is simply naive ! and I believe it would be impractical to speculate that israel would dismantle itself and we can’t demand for this now coz of human factor involved but we hope that israel stop installing illegal settlements in palestinian area and entail arab citizens of israel with equal rights and agree on two state solution of the crisis or something accepted by Palestinians as well. i have nothing against jewish people and i condemn anti semitism and any kind of terrorist attacks whether done by israel or by Hamas!Recommend

  • Jayman

    Maybe you might want to lookup the meaning of “secular”.Recommend

  • Mohsin Raza

    Dear How come Pakistan can make progress with tying knots with Israel??. If we accept Israel as independent state then our stance of Palestine issue will be weak in UN, Also How much business we are doing with our allies other countries ?? Our imports are more than exports to our allies countries.Recommend

  • Syed Arbab Ahmed

    The writer prefers money over justice, and relation with Israel will not do wonders, how much benefit we get from rest of the world? still begging, then how Israel will benefit us like the way he says.Recommend

  • Aman

    secular
    ˈsɛkjʊlə/
    adjective
    1.
    not connected with religious or spiritual matters.
    “secular buildings”
    synonyms:non-religious, lay, non-church, temporal, worldly,earthly, profane; More

    2.
    CHRISTIAN CHURCH
    (of clergy) not subject to or bound by religious rule; not belonging to or living in a monastic or other order.

    There.. sentencing of a rape victim on charges of Adultery, connection to religious matter of Adultery being considered a sin….

    The prohibition of Muslims from drinking alcohol (which actually does happen all the time… till ur caught) connection to religious matter of Muslims not allowed to drink..

    kindly explain what was to point you were trying to make by making me look up ‘secular’?

    If your understanding of the word secular is that of a person who thinks secular is simply when ppl of different religions live together then Pakistan is more secular than UAE..

    If your understanding of the word secular is that people of different religions co-exist “peacefully” together, i dare you to find a single TRULY secular place on earth.. Recommend

  • Rajiv

    So now pakistan is eager to “recognize” Israel.
    As if Israel cares.Recommend

  • maz3tt

    I may be living 50 years in the past .they are living 2000 years in the past.Recommend

  • Dedalus

    Here is a link to a video that shows how the Palestinians suffer under occupation.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpDqZujEFAkRecommend

  • Dedalus

    There is a reason for Israel’s West Bank barrier, or wall–actually most of it is a fence. Throughout the 90s, while Israel was negotiating with Arafat, there were incessant suicide bombings in Israel conducted by Palestinian terrorists. In 2001, following the Dolphinarium discotheque suicide bombing, Israel decided to defend itself by constructing a barrier to prevent the likes of Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad from simply walking into Israel and engaging in terrorism.

    How has it worked? In 2002, there were 452 fatalities from terrorist attacks.
    In 2003, before the completion of the first continuous segment in July, 73 Palestinian suicide bombings were carried out from the West Bank, killing 293 Israelis and injuring over 1,900. After the completion of the first continuous segment through the end of 2006, there were only 12 attacks based in the West Bank, killing 64 people and wounding 445. Terrorist attacks have since declined quite dramatically to 9 in 2010.

    In the 1980s, the West Bank was a peaceful place. Palestinians and Israelis moved freely between the West Bank and Israel. That was a much better arrangement than the current one. But in the 1990s, Palestinian terrorists began using this freedom of movement to engage in terrorism. What are the Israelis to do? Just suck it up? A country has a duty to do what it can to defend its citizens from terrorist attacks. So while the wall may impose some hardships on the Palestinians, it is a reasonable trade off.

    One other point. Israel considers itself a Jewish state in the sense that it constitutes a homeland for Jews. It is nevertheless a secular state. All citizens of Israel have equal rights before the law, regardless of their religions. All can vote, run for the Knesset, serve as judges, and serve in the army. (There are Arab members of the Knesset, an Arab supreme court judge, Arab officers in the IDF, etc.) So the idea that Arab citizens of Israel are 2nd class citizens is nonsense. I would go so far as to say that the Arab citizens of Israel enjoy far greater political freedom than Arabs anywhere else in the Middle East do.

    Do Arabs sometimes suffer from social discrimination? I am sure that they do. Can anyone name a country where minorities do not suffer from discrimination of this sort? I can’t think of one. I am not saying that this makes it acceptable; far from it. But I don’t think that the situation is any different than it is any other secular, liberal democracy, which is what Israel is.Recommend

  • sanjita

    I think the author’s point is that Pakistan has relations with India despite the occupation of Kashmir so why can’t it have relations with Israel despite the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza strip?Recommend

  • David Sherman

    Israel is nothing more than the nation-state of the Jewish people. It is not “racist” or “rapacious” but has sought peace ever since before it was formed. Unfortunately, the Arabs who now call themselves Palestinians don’t want a state next to Israel ;they want to destroy Israel. As such, Israel can’t afford to give away land to another ISIS or Hamas. So it’s a stalemate.Recommend

  • David Sherman

    The Jews came back to Palestine starting in 1880 when there were maybe 300,000 Arabs living there. There was plenty of room for both. Unfortunately the Arabs continuously made war on the Jews and the Jews (and now Israel) had to defend themselves. What’s always been true is that if the Arabs (Palestinians they call themselves now) lay down their arms, there will be peace; if the Israelis lay down their arms there will be millions of dead Jews.Recommend

  • David Sherman

    The more freedom a country gives its Jews, the more successful the country is overall — economically, civil rights, freedoms, etc. Read “The Israel Project”.Recommend

  • Joe

    Point of information please. Israel withdrew from the Gaza strip, leaving behind fully intact homes, buildings, factories and greenhouses. Those infrastructures were all vandalized and destroyed and a year later, Hamas was voted into power and started shooting rockets into Israel.

    Palestinians (in Gaza at least) would rather destroy Israel than build Palestine.Recommend

  • Joe

    Racist and rapacious. Interesting. Israel is a democracy, its minorities sit on the supreme court and in the parliament, it has no death penalty, and it provides its medical services equally to terrorists and victims. Perhaps the world needs more rapacious countries like Israel. When the Palestinian Arabs want their own country alongside Israel rather than in place of Israel, you shall see peace. Until then, Palestinians have only their leadership to blame.Recommend

  • Perhaps you’d like to believe that it’s possible to exclude on the basis of natural fact and not be racist, kill even little children with impunity but deserve credit for abolishing the death penalty, call yourself democratic and be thoroughly illiberal, to maim and torture and then hospitalize and pretend to be humane; but I am not blindfolded by such hypocrisy.

    Take your victim act somewhere else.Recommend

  • UAE is secular? You’re ill-informed.Recommend

  • Jayman

    Just Google for “religious tolerance UAE”. Even the Vatican is saying that UAE is the model for the entire region. I seems, you can’t tell the difference between Saudi Arabia and UAE.Recommend

  • abdul

    because only then people writers of express tribune can get there bread and butter….Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    If you are not yet a Dubai, how are you important to the world.Recommend

  • http://ahsannabikhan.wordpress.com Ahsan Nabi Khan

    I love the Land of Avraham, Isaac and Yakov, our fathers. Will be there once in a lifetime. Blessed is he that blesses thee, Israel.Recommend

  • Jatt Punyal

    We have no problem with Israel and should’ve recognised them. There is no possible dispute we can have with them and they seem like a mature reasonable society Recommend