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Befriending Israel

November 09, 2018


APROPOS the article ‘UFO over Islamabad’ (Nov 3). Our religion, or leaving that aside, even conscience, requires us to support oppressed people physically, or at least verbally. And if we can’t do either, we should at least consider it evil and shun it.

Allow me to point out that very close relations with Turkey did not prevent Israel from attacking — in international waters — a Turkish vessel, killing nine Turks in cold blood who were part of an international peace flotilla taking humanitarian supplies to the besieged people of Gaza.

Israel did not spare even its biggest benefactor, the US. It killed 34Americans and wounded 171 in a sea/air assault on the clearly marked US vessel, USS Liberty in the 1967 war.

With that sort of record Israel could hardly prove to be a ‘trustworthy friend’ of Pakistan. Tel Aviv has already declared Pakistan to be a greater threat than Iran.

S.R.H. Hashmi

Published in Dawn, November 9th, 2018