NSA Moeed Yusuf denies reports of meeting Israeli officials

NSA Moeed Yusuf denies reports of meeting Israeli officials

Islamabad (Web Desk): National Security Adviser (NSA) Dr Moeed Yusuf has strongly rejected reports of holding secret meetings with Israeli officials.

In a tweet, the NSA wrote, “Very disappointed to be informed that the leader of a major political party has insinuated that I had secretly met Israeli officials. Let me state categorically and on record that I have not had any meetings with any Israeli officials nor have I visited Israel.”

He added that the prime minister has been very clear in his stance that Pakistan shall continue to stand for Palestinians’ right to a just two-state solution.

The clarification from Moeed Yusuf came after the Foreign Office’s statement denied Israeli media report that he visited Tel Aviv in November 2020 and met Mossad chief.

On Monday, former special assistant to the prime minister (SAPM) on overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari and the Foreign Office (FO) denied reports that he had secretly visited Israel "to pass on a message of an important person."

In his tweet, the former SAPM said he did not go to Israel. He added that the funny bit was that a Pakistani paper was quoting Israeli news source whereas Israeli paper was quoting Pakistani source regarding his visit to Israel.

“Wonder who this imaginative Pakistani source is," Bukhari said while rejecting the media reports.

Meanwhile, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri also rejected the reports about Zulfi Bukhari’s visit to Israel.

Responding to queries regarding the media reports, the Spokesperson said these reports are baseless and misleading. No such visit to Israel has been undertaken.

The spokesman recalled that Ministry of Foreign Affairs also rebutted similar false reports earlier on December 18, 2020.

“Pakistan had consistently called for a two-state solution, with pre-1967 borders and Al-Quds Sharif as the capital of Palestinian State,” the FO spokesperson said.

Earlier, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had also demanded that the government must "reveal the details of former SAPM's alleged visit to Israel."