The Israeli President Isaac Herzog recently welcomed a delegation of Pakistani-Americans, calling it an “amazing experience” and praising it as an example of Israel’s “great change” in its relations with the Muslim world.
Israel’s president confirmed that he met with a Pakistani delegation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, but he did not disclose who the members of the delegation were.
Despite residing permanently in the United States, Herzog maintained that the two Pakistani nationals were “proud Pakistanis”.
Furthermore, Pakistani delegation’s visit was “warm welcome” and was pleasantly surprising, since Israeli President had never before seen a Pakistani delegation in Israel.
American Muslim and Multi-faith Women’s Empowerment Council (AMMWEC) and Sharaka
The tour was organiz by the American Muslim and Multi-faith Women’s Empowerment Council (AMMWEC) and Sharaka. It was established in the aftermath of, and seeking to strengthen, the 2020 Abraham Accords, a series of normalization agreements between Israel and Arab nations.
In an interesting tidbit, Pakistan’s passport includes a warning that it is valid for all countries except for Israel. Nevertheless, Qureshi and BenKhald were able to enter Israel and return from Israel on their green passports. On that occasion, they held a “private meeting” with president Isaac Herzog.
Dr. Shireen Mazari, the former Minister of Human Rights, criticized Ahmed Quraishi in a tweet. Ahmed Quraishi responded with the following tweet: “Dr. Shireen Mazari, the PTI’s anti-Israel crusader, was the director general of ISSI (Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad) in 2005.
The first official meeting between Pakistan and Israel took place in Turkey by FM Kasuri, after which Israel waived import license requirements for Israeli businesses trading with Pakistan. Her job was save by not complaining to her boss, and she continued working in her position until 2008.”
The Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom cited sources in Islamabad in reporting the visit. Moeed Yusuf and Zulfi Bukhari, then advisers, denied the report. At the time, social media was also rife with reports that Imran Khan’s former spouse is Jewish. Thus attempts being made to establish relations with Israel.
The country’s fragile economy and political crisis force these attempts to put on hold. The State of Israel maintains diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, and Bahrain.