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Recognizing Israel

26 January, 2007

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President General Musharraf who is currently visiting the Middle East has called upon the Muslim countries and their masses to 'recognise' Israel for resolution of Palestine issue. This is not the fist statement made by the military General. By time and again, he has ' urged' the Pakistani nation to ' think' about recognition of Israel as Pakistan can get numerous benefits by doing that.

Musharraf's recent statement has triggered strong criticism on the part of religious and political parties. The PPP, which often avoids condemning any policy or act, which pertains to USA, has once again refused to comment on Musharraf's statement saying it would consult other opposition parties on the issue.

However, the six-party religious alliance MMA, and Nawaz Sharif-led PML(N) have openly criticised the idea saying that Musharraf is taking another U-turn on the country's traditional stand on Palestine after Kashmir.

They say Musharraf instead of brokering a peace deal between Israel and Palestine, must try for peace within Pakistan.

Here are some questions
1) Do you agree with the contention that Musharraf is selling some US proposals vis-à-vis Palestine?
2) What could be the motive behind Musharraf's call for recognition of Israel?
3) What benefits could Pakistan achieve by recognising the Zionist State?
4) Should Musharraf try for peace in Middle East first or peace in Waziristan, and Balochistan?

Reader Comments:

recognising israel is danger for peace

from the beganing israel is antimuslims and antipeace in the regon of muslims areas. as for as musharaf's recognatoin of israel is concern he and his company might recognise the israel but the problem that will be faced will unstopable becous after the recognation israel will be able to access the muslims world very easy.but as for as my view is concern israel must not be recognise by the muslims world

syed zafar shah, Pakistan - 27 February, 2007

The founding of Pakistan

The foundation of the state of Pakistan has been compared to the foundation of Israel in terms of political circumstances, and national self determination of a multi-ethnic religious group. (For more insight read Vali Nasr), despite the many differences as well. In terms of our history as a socio-political entity, it serves to take a retrospective look of both Israel and Pakistan besides what is mere "moral responsibility" to the Arab, or broadly, the Muslim world.

Qazi, Pakistan - 24 April, 2007

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