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Pakistan state TV anchor laid off over Israel visit

Pakistan Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Monday that Pakistan Television( PTV) has terminated the services of one of its anchorpersons who was part of a Pakistani- American delegation that visited Israel before this month, media reports said.

The junking of the anchorperson came a day after Israeli President verified a meeting with a delegation of Pakistani deportees which he nominated as” an amazing experience”, Express Tribune reported.
An Israeli media outlet, Haaretz, had reported that a 15- member delegation, led by two civil society groups, visited Israel in order to promote interfaith harmony, primarily between Muslims and Jews. The trip was organised by the American Muslim and Multifaith Women’s Council and an NGO called Sharaka.

The delegation included American- Pakistanis, a British Pakistani, and a Pakistani intelligencer, among others. The anchorperson had entered Israel on his Pakistani passport, making it the first- ever trip of its kind.
The visit was criticised by numerous, especially the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf( PTI) leadership, which had contended that the government wanted to honor Israel.

During a rally in Charsadda, former Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that” slaves of the US” in the government would do everything that had been ordered to them, Express Tribune reported.
Still, the Foreign Office and the government receded themselves from the visit, saying it was arranged by an NGO which wasn’t grounded out of Pakistan.

It added that Islamabad’s position on the Palestinian issue was” clear and unequivocal” and there was no change whatsoever” in our policy” towards the Jewish state, the report said.

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