Pakistan vehemently denied trade ties with Israel

Commerce Ministry said rumours about Pak-Israel commercial relations just a sheer propaganda

KARACHI: Pakistan has termed the rumours about beginning of trade with Israel a sheer propaganda, amid hue and cry from Pakistani citizens on social media over the alleged commercial ties between the two countries.

A day earlierĀ  American Jewish Congress had allegedly made an announcement that a shipment of Pakistani food products had been delivered to Israel by Pakistani-Jewish businessman Fishel Benkhald.

Benkhald also shared on March 28 a video on Twitter of dates, dry fruit, and spice containers he had exported to Israel.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson to Pakistan’s federal commerce minister Jehangir Akram confirmed that the rumours about begining of Pakistan-Israel trade is sheer propaganda after the Press Release of American Jewish Congress which was misrepresented.

Even in their press release they nowhere mentioned about official trade between Pak-Israel, he said in a statement.

However, neither we have any trade relations with Israel nor we intend to develop any. A Jewish Pakistani Fishel Benkhald has sent food samples to three businessmen in Jerusalem & Haifa through UAE in personal capacity who he met in foreign countries during food exhibitions.

Nevertheless, it was not supported by Pakistan Government and no banking or official channel was involved either.

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