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Pakistan: We will never recognize ‘Israel’

"If we recognize Israel, then we should give up Kashmir as well. Both issues have a similar background," Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said..

Islamabad (QNN)- Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that the founder of Pakistan had made it clear that ‘Israel’ would not be recognized until a just and fair solution to the Palestinian cause is given.

Khan expressed his country’s position during an interview on Dunya News, where he also stressed that his conscience will never allow accepting ‘Israel’ without a solution to the Palestine cause. He said that Pakistan’s position on ‘Israel’ is very clear; “it will not be recognized, if we do, we will give up Kashmir as well.”

“Our stand about Israel is very clear. It is the same that the founder of nation, Quaid-I-Azam had,” he said, referring to Mohammad Ali Jinnah who had time and again advocated unwavering support for Palestinians.

“We cannot recognize Israel until Palestinians get their right”, he added.

“If we recognize Israel, then we should give up Kashmir as well. Both issues have a similar background,” he noted.

Responding to a series of questions about icy relations with longtime ally Saudi Arabia over the Kashmir dispute, Khan dispelled the reports as “baseless”.

“Saudi Arabia is our key ally. It has always helped us in trying times. There is no issue in relations with Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Earlier this month, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi asked the Riyadh-dominated Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to stop dilly-dallying on convening a meeting on Kashmir, where the human rights situation has been deteriorating particularly over the last year.

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