RAWALPINDI: The hashtag #PakistanReject_Israel has spread across Pakistani social media, becoming the top trend with over 62,000 posts on Twitter on Thursday, as reports have emerged recently that Pakistan might recognize the Jewish state.
While Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and the country’s foreign office have since made their stance clear that Islamabad was not willing to recognize Tel Aviv until a just settlement of the Palestine issue — one that would satisfy the Palestinian people — was found, social media users tweeted their support.
The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party’s Punjab branch president, Ejaz Chaudhry, used the viral hashtag with a screen grab of the prime minister’s words that Pakistan will not recognize Israel until the Palestinian conflict is resolved. “Kaptan Clear One Point agenda,” he wrote to his 556,000 followers.
Many posts showed Pakistani passports that on their first pages read: “valid for all countries of the world except Israel.”
“End of discussion,” one Twitter user said in a viral post under the #PakistanReject_Israel hashtag.
A similar one, which also made the rounds on Twitter, read: “Say no to Israel.”
Since the Pakistani prime minister has recently said that his government would go with the choice that the country’s founding father made and continue to stand by the people of Palestine, some Twitter users posted a quote attributed to Muhammad Ali Jinnah, calling Israel an “illegitimate child of the West.”
Founder of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah said:
Israel is an illegitimate child of the West. We can never ever recognize Israel. InshaAllah#MubashirLuqman #FreePalestine #PakistanReject_Israel #PakistanRejectsIsrael pic.twitter.com/0oBbFi7oDV
— Fatima Zahra (@FatiMaS_ZAhRaQ3) November 25, 2020
Pakistan has denounced Israel since its inception in 1948.