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Imran ‘lying’ about Israel visit: Maryam

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz on Monday took former prime minister Imran Khan to task for his “lies” about a Pakistani-American delegation’s recent visit to Israel.

A day earlier, while addressing a public gathering in Charsadda, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran had criticised the rulers for the said visit, going as far as suggesting that the incumbent government is planning to “recognise Israel”. According to the former premier, “The imported government is going to compromise with America on the blood of Palestinians and recognise Israel.”

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“After the fake letter, foreign conspiracy, and fake life threats, the man who spreads chaos, after the history’s biggest long march failure, had resorted to the fake Israel visit narrative,” Maryam said in a Twitter post. The PML-N stalwart went on to tell Imran that he is the only person in the entire country to have ‘family terms’ with Israel. Alleging that the PTI chief had in the past supported Zac Goldsmith, his former wife Jemima Goldsmith’s brother for London mayoral elections, Maryam said: “I warn you to stop lying or you won’t be able to avert embarrassment.” Maryam also added photos to her tweets suggesting the deposed premier’s support for Zac and his government’s alleged plans to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.

Earlier on Monday, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the Pakistan Television (PTV) had terminated the services of its anchorperson who was a part of a Pakistani-American delegation that visited Israel earlier this month. The removal of the anchorperson came a day after the Israeli president confirmed a meeting with the delegation of Pakistani expatriates which he termed “an amazing experience”.

Marriyum Aurangzeb reiterated that Pakistan was firmly committed to its principled position on the Palestinian issue and Israel.

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In an important policy statement, she said that there had been no change in Pakistan’s policy in support of Palestine. The minister said that Pakistan’s state policy on Palestine was clear and based on the decrees of the father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam.

 

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