FO, Trade Ministry Rebuff AJC’s Report Regarding Trade With Israel

FO, Trade Ministry Rebuff AJC’s Report Regarding Trade With Israel
While giving clarification on the reports circulating regarding an exchange of goods between Pakistan and Israel, the Foreign Office (FO) and Ministry of Trade and Industry denied making any trade with the Middle Eastern country on Sunday.

The first cargo of food items having Pakistani origins was discharged in Israel, according to the American Jewish Congress (AJC), and this resulted in bilateral trade.

FO spokesman Mumtaz Zahra Baloch told journalists that Pakistan does not have diplomatic or trade contacts with Israel in response to the alleged trade. "The policy has not changed," she insisted.

The ministry of commerce spokesperson said that the news statement from the AJC was incorrectly attributed because it makes no mention of Pakistan's official commercial links with Israel.

"Speculation about the start of trade between Pakistan and Israel is pure misinformation." "We don't currently have trading contacts with Israel and don't intend to," the spokesperson added.

The Commerce and Trade secretary, Sualeh Ahmad Faruqui, said that Pakistan had not sent any export shipments to Israel and that any assertions to the contrary were just political misinformation. The remark made by the trade secretary was backed up by the customs officers at the Karachi Port.

The American Jewish Congress claimed in a statement on "trade between the State of Israel and Pakistan" that Israel had received the first shipment from Pakistan on March 30.

In a transaction involving Fishel Benkhald, a Pakistani-Jewish businessman headquartered in Pakistan's commercial center of Karachi, and three Israeli businesspeople from Jerusalem and Haifa, the first cargo of food supplies from Pakistan was unloaded in Israel this week, the statement read.

Additionally, it claimed that both Pakistani and foreign media outlets covered the purported exchange extensively.

The AJC had noted that although there were no formal relations between the two countries as of yet, their businesspeople and technologists "had forged ahead in quest of mutual prosperity."