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Pakistan closely watching PM Modi’s trip to Israel: Report

Pakistan is closely watching Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic trip to Israel as it can have serious implications on strategic stability in the region, a media report has said.

Pakistan officially does not comment on bilateral visits of other heads of governments and states.

But  it is closely following PM Modi’s trip since it can have serious implications on strategic stability in the region.

“Israel has long been a major supplier of arms and other defence equipment to India and those deals have deliberately been kept secret by the two sides. However, the two countries are now more open and publicly talk about their deepening defence cooperation,” the daily said.

Gen Shoaib said India had greatly benefited from the defence and military ties with Israel.

Dr Zafar Nawaz Jaspal, an international affairs expert, said growing defence cooperation between India and Israel would disturb strategic balance in the South Asian region.

“One of the subjects on which the Indian media has created a lot of hype is the threat emanating from terrorism. It has worked hard to relate terrorism with Pakistan and blame it for virtually any terror incident occurring anywhere in India,” the daily said.

Modi, the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his entire cabinet went to airport to receive Modi in a rare gesture.

PM Modi, before leaving for Tel Aviv, told an Israeli newspaper that terrorism was a common challenge and said New Delhi and Tel Aviv “can cooperate even more closely” in battling it.

Former ambassador Ali Sarwar Naqvi said “No matter where (PM) Modi goes, India always tries to drag Pakistan along.”

“Pakistan is not under the immediate radar of Israel. Their (Israel) priority at the moment is Middle East.” said Naqvi.

“If India can cement ties with Israel while at the same time maintaining diplomatic ties with its enemy Iran, why can’t Pakistan also show flexibility in its foreign policy,” Gen argued.

“Our foreign policy should not be merely aimed at appeasing any particular country. Rather we need to follow our own national interests,” he said.

Some analysts have advocated maintaining working relationship with Israel, if not establishing full diplomatic ties, in order to further and protect Pakistan’s interests.


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