Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): President Dr Arif Alvi has categorically rejected reports of an Israeli business jet’s landing at the Islamabad International Airport.
While speaking to the media at the airport before leaving for a three-day visit to Turkey, Alvi termed the reports “baseless and unfounded”, asserting that Pakistan will not establish ties with Israel.
The president left for Istanbul on an invitation extended by his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
President Alvi will address the inaugural ceremony of the new International Airport of Istanbul and will hold bilateral meetings with Erdogan and leaders of other countries also invited for the inaugural ceremony.
Earlier, reports emerged on social media regarding the presence of an alleged Israeli aircraft at Islamabad airport. The plane reportedly spent 10 hours at the airport. The information was obtained by flight tracking website Flight Radar.
Israeli ???????? bizjet flew from TLV to Islamabad, #Pakistan ????????, on the ground 10 hours, and back to TLV.
Cleared flight-plan with usual 5min groundtime trick in Amman
M-ULTI glex pic.twitter.com/haHn1NU73L— avi scharf (@avischarf) October 25, 2018
Speculation was rife after an Israeli journalist tweeted that an Israeli business jet flew from Tel Aviv to Islamabad on a cleared flight plan after making a brief stopover at Amman.
However, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) denied reports of the presence of an Israeli aircraft in Pakistani airspace or at any of the country’s airports and termed the reports “totally baseless” on Saturday.