Pakistan’s Foreign Minister accused Israel and India of building an ‘anti-Islam nexus,’ Pakistani newspapers report. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif made that statement on a local TV network while commenting on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to India.
Netanyahu is on a week-long visit to India, making him the second Israeli head of government to visit the Hindu-majority country.
Much like the Jewish State, India too has paid a huge price for being at the forefront of worldwide jihad. In the past decade, India lost an estimated 5500 civilians and 2700 army personnel to terrorism.
The remarks by the Pakistani Minister come as Prime Minister Netanyahu inaugurated a memorial to 166 innocent people – including six U.S. and four Israeli citizens – who were killed by Pakistani jihadi terrorists in 2008 attacks.
Just like in the case of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden following the September 11 terror attacks, Pakistan is currently sheltering Hafiz Saeed, the Islamist mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
Indian newspaper Business Standard reported Pakistani Foreign Minister’s statement:
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday criticised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to India, saying both India and Israel have anti-Islam nexus.
Asif, in an interview to a private channel, said that both the countries have a connection as they have occupied Muslim territories - India has occupied Kashmir, while Israel is occupying a vast area of Palestine, reported Radio Pakistan.
He further accused India of the mass killing of Muslims in Gujarat.
Pakistan, a major base for Islamic terrorism, has a good reason to be worried about India-Israel cooperation in the fields of defense and counterterrorism.
Israeli experts have been training their Indian counterparts to combat the growing threat of Islamic terrorism.
Last November, IDF’s elite Air Force Unit 669 carried out joint exercises with Indian Special Forces at Israel’s Nevatim and Palmahim air bases. Indian police officers have also visited Israel’s National Police Academy to learn from Israeli law enforcement officers.
Pakistani hysteria aside, it makes a lot of sense for Israel and India to share their expertise as they combat the threat posed by the Islamist jihad raging worldwide.