ISLAMABAD: The media – particularly social media – have been inundated in recent days with highly speculative but mostly fake stories about the review of Israeli policies in Pakistan. These stories have dragged the names of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which have damaged Islamabad’s brotherly relations with Islamic countries.
In a background interaction with The News, at least two top civilian government officials emphatically denied that there was pressure on Pakistan, either from Saudi Arabia or the UAE, to recognize Israel. The two officials, who interacted on this matter with this correspondent, are in close contact with the authorities in both Saudi Arabia and the UAE in connection with the duties assigned to them by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
These sources insist that the growing perception that both Saudi Arabia and the UAE are pressuring Pakistan to recognize Israel is grossly wrong. “It annoys the Saudi and UAE authorities,” said one source, complaining that sometimes mainstream media discuss speculative stories while social media plays a very disturbing role.
“Some of the ‘YouTubers’ here are spreading fake stories and have speculated even to the point of suggesting a possible overthrow of the government and the arrest of the rulers of the sister countries,” said the source. Social media forums, he said, are widely used for speculation and fake stories. Most social media users, it is said, are unaware of how they are being used to harm Pakistani interests.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has made it clear that Pakistan will not recognize Israel until the Palestinian issue is resolved. Pakistan’s foreign ministry also reiterated that the country was not considering recognizing the state of Israel. Recently, foreign ministry spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri flatly rejected baseless speculation about Pakistan’s possible recognition of the State of Israel.
“Pakistan firmly supports the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination,” said the statement, which was in line with the country’s position in the conflict. “For a just and lasting peace, it is imperative to have a two-state solution in accordance with relevant United Nations and OIC resolutions, with pre-1967 borders, and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as a viable capital city, an independent Palestinian State. and next to each other. “
There is widespread speculation that while Prime Minister Imran Khan opposes recognition of Israel, the military thinks differently. This speculation has received weight because of the pro-Israel views expressed recently by professionals in the media, including the retired general, who is known for their close ties to the military.
However, military sources emphatically deny such stories and support Pakistan’s stated policies. Lt. Gen. (right) Amjad Shoaib when asked told The News that he initially also had views in favor of Israel’s recognition but after his interactions with GHQ and the Foreign Ministry, he changed his mind and came to support the country’s stated policies. Government of Pakistan.
General Amjad said he recently spoke with top military officials who emphatically told him that there is no pressure on the military establishment of any foreign country to recognize Israel nor is there a government that supports any change in the country’s policies in Palestine and Israel. .
The retired general said that the military firmly believed that Pakistan’s policy on Palestine should remain unchanged. He said he was told just a few days ago that all the speculation about the military exerting pressure on Israel’s admission was untrue and baseless.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE have supported Pakistan in many ways. Apart from supporting Pakistan generously in terms of financial grants, donations and investments, millions of Pakistanis work in these countries and are a great source of income for sending money to Pakistan. It is said that there are more than four million Pakistanis working in the GCC countries. Pakistan annually receives more than US $ 9 billion in remittances from workers in Saudi Arabia and the UAE alone.
The Pakistani government has advised its workers in GCC countries to respect the laws and traditions of their respective host countries and not engage in social media and political speculation about their governments and rulers.
It is said that Pakistan could benefit much more if our government and diplomatic corps respectively have the right focus. But the contribution of the GCC countries to Pakistan is enormous and therefore should not be bothered by speculation and false stories. The source stated that India, Israel and several other international players were conspiring to disrupt Pakistan’s relations with the GCC countries. “We must not be tools, intentionally or unintentionally, to fan such conspiracies,” a source warned, referring to what is circulating on social media and believed by many to be ‘the truth’.