Despite presidential statements Pakistan not expected to recognize Israel
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told Pakistan's satellite channel Geo TV on Monday that his country would consider reviewing its policy on Israel - which Pakistan does not recognize - in conjunction with other Muslim nations in light of recent efforts to reduce tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.
The issue of Israel must "be taken up seriously and not on emotional grounds," Musharraf was quoted as saying by the
Commenting on these statements, Pakistan's Minister for Information Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Tuesday said Pakistan will not recognize Israel. Talking to reporters in Islamabad Rashid Ahmed said Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali has already given a clear statement on this issue and there should be no doubt about it.
When his attention was drawn to the statement of the president, Rashid Ahmed said the president had referred to the Middle East "Roadmap," which sees an independent Palestinian state at the end of the process. (Albawaba.com)
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