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Recognizing Israel is a debate that emerges in Pakistan almost during rule of every government, former Prime Minister Imran khan was of view that “The situation in Kashmir is exactly the same situation in Palestine. If we recognize Israel’s takeover of Palestine territories, then we also have to recognize what India has done in Kashmir, so we completely lose moral standing”. As for the realpolitik, it would cut both ways. Recognition will diminish Pakistan’s arguments about Kashmir and undermine its case. It is still a question that Pakistan despite its strict position regarding recognition can sell it politically to the U.S and western states as Middle Eastern states did with economic benefits and defense deals. Another reason is that recognition may effect Pakistan relations with Iran. Although Iran has good ties with India knowing the adversity of Pakistan and India due to Kashmir dispute, Pakistan also considering its relation with Israel in multipolar world politics. Middle Eastern states specifically Riyadh is increasing their co-operation as well as diplomatically focusing Palestinian conflict. Keeping in mind the current narrative, that if Pakistan recognizes Israel then it will lose its moral position in Kashmir dispute, insights us that Pakistan relations with Israel are directly proportional to Kashmir dispute settlement. Basic question is that whether Pakistan can recognize Israel having animosity with India due to Kashmir dispute? Comments by Israeli President Isaac Herzog during the World Economic Forum have reignited what started as a social media controversy over a visit to Israel by a controversial “Pakistani” delegation. The Pakistani government and ministers have also pointed this out, noting that Pakistan’s position remains to back the Palestinians and through the “establishment of an independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian state with pre-1967 borders and [Jerusalem] as its capital”.

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