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Israel must abandon ties with Pakistan

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Pakistan’s utter failure to stop the extremist political party, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), from openly challenging the writ of the state by terrorizing people and unleashing a wave of violence and arson across the country for over a week should raise red flags in countries that are trying to befriend Pakistan, especially Israel.

Israel’s attempt to establish diplomatic relations with a state which patronizes Islamist groups openly is likely to boomerang as France is learning to its cost.

The TLP came into prominence last year when it held Islamabad captive last November to its protests demanding severing of all ties with France over cartoons of Prophet Muhammad published in a French satirical magazine. The Islamist party wanted the immediate ouster of the French Ambassador to Pakistan.

The ferocity of the protest, aided by the patronage of the group by the powerful army, forced the Imran Khan government to capitulate and accept a negotiated surrender. The government accepted the party’s........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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