If you live in Pakistan or know about Pakistan then you must be aware of the fact that there are some critical topics in Pakistan due to the emotional sentiments of the people like the issue of Ahmadis and the issue of recognizing Israel as a state. From time to time people of Pakistan have been tested by internal and external forces to check their sentimental attachment with these issues. In recent times other Muslim countries like U.A.E, Bahrain, Sudan, Morocco and Bhutan have accepted Israel as a state. After their acceptance many renowned people in Pakistan have started to support the opinion on acceptance of Israel which has now created some kind of fuss on the tables of stakeholders of Pakistan, although Pakistan has a very clear cut policy regarding Israel.
In Lucknow, October 1917 leadership of Pakistan Muslim league in their meeting showed their concerns against the division of Muslims unity, conspiracies against Khilafat of Muslims and their Khalifah of that time Sultan Abdul Hamid who turned out to be the last Khalifah for Muslims and for ottoman empire, they strictly oppose and condemned Jewish and Zionist policies. Not only they condemned their act of division but they were of the view that division of Baghdad and Jerusalem is the division of Muslim world.
STANCE OF FOUNDER
Founder of Pakistan Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah on 12 October 1945, stated that “Every woman and man of Muslim Ummah will die before the jurisdiction of Jerusalem. I hope that Jews will not succeed in their imperious designs and I wish Britain and America should keep their hands off and then I will see how the Jews conquer Jerusalem. The Jews over half a million have already been accommodated against the wishes of the people. May I know which other country has accommodated them? If domination and exploitation are carried now there will be no peace and end of war”.
This Statement was given by the founder of Pakistan even before the creation of Pakistan during his struggling period. In his other statement he said “Israel is an illegitimate baby of the west”. When Pakistan came into being news about the possible existence of Israel was surrounding all over. For this issue in the last week of August 1947, a conference was held in Cairo (Egypt) and just after a few days of the creation of Pakistan. Jinnah sent the delegation to represent Muslims of Pakistan under the supervision of Abdul Rehman Siddiqui and Khaliq uz Zaman which represented Pakistan in Cairo where Grand Mufti of Palestine Al Hussaini was also present.
They all concisely rejected the idea of Israel as a state and raised voice for the people of Palestine. On 14 May, 1948, after the creation of Israel, Arab war was started. According to the long report of Israel’s institution Jerusalem center for public affairs, Jerusalem embassy in Washington was informed by American authorities that during this world war Jinnah ordered about 2,50000 rifles from Czechoslovakia and provided it to the freedom fighters. Moreover he ordered 3 middle grade cruise ships from Italy and gave them to Egypt to fight against Israel at sea sides. This action against Israel by the founder of Pakistan after their independence showed the hardline view of Pakistan’s policy against Israel.
Whenever any country recognizes any state there are 3 basic reasons and causes to recognize that state (1) It is in the interest of the country (2) Recognition of that state can help the country to fight against the country’s enemy (3) Ethical reasons. So by these points we can analyze Is Pakistan going to accept Israel or not.
Recognition of Israel is not in the interest of Pakistan as there is not any kind of interest affiliated with Israel and considering public’s perspective being a palestinian supporter they already are rejecting this idea from Day One of Israel’s creation, neither Pakistan can use Israel against his enemy which is India due to India-Israel ties and their policies against muslims. According to Israel’s Jewish chronicles report when celebration of Arab war in 1967 held in Paris Israel’s founder and first PM David Ben Gurion stated that “The world Zionism movement should not be neglectful of the dangers of Pakistan to it and Pakistan should be its first target, this ideological state is a threat to our existence, this lover of the Arab is more dangerous to us than Arab itself. For that matter it is most essential for world’s Zionism it should now take immediate steps against Pakistan whereas the inhabitants of Indian peninsula are Hindus whose hearts have been filled with hatred for Muslims”.
This statement shows us the anti Pakistan policy of Israel and this policy has been followed by Israel and Zionist leaders against Pakistan till now. On the other hand Pakistan’s hardline stance on the issue of Jerusalem and support for Palesitnian people shows us that ethically also they can not recognize Israel. So until people of Palestine get their land and other rights till then acceptance of Israel will not be an easy way for Pakistan.
Hafiz Saad Hussain