US pressuring Pakistan to recognise Israel: Imran Khan

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the country is facing great pressure from the United States to recognise Israel, Dawn newspaper reported.

The report says in the wake of peace deals between several Arab states and Tel Aviv, the pressure has only been increasing.

Mr. Khan however has said that this will not be possible “unless there is a just settlement, which satisfies Palestine”.

He was quoted as making these remarks by the Middle East Eye (MEE) website. Asked if any Muslim states were applying similar pressure on Pakistan, the Pakistan premier appeared evasive, saying “there are things we cannot say. We have good relations with them”.

Mr.Khan reiterated Pakistan’s official line on the Palestine question, saying that “Islamabad would continue to follow in Jinnah’s footsteps vis-a-vis Palestine” meaning that unless there was justice for the Arab side, recognition of the Zionist state was off the table for Pakistan.

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