Commerce ministry denies news of export to Israel
April 2, 2023 07:11 PM
The Ministry of Commerce on Sunday said that no shipment has been exported from Pakistan to Israel, reported the 24NewsHdTV channel.
Amid reports of an exchange of goods between Pakistan and Israel, the ministry in a statement confirmed that Pakistan has not sent any export consignment to Tel Aviv, and any claims suggesting otherwise are merely disinformation for political purposes.
The ministry said that the deal was reportedly finalized in a trade exhibition held in the United Arab Emirates recently. Pakistan does not have diplomatic ties with Israel and does not recognize it as a sovereign state and neither it trades with Israel nor has banking relations.
It added that Pakistan Customs has confirmed that no shipment has been exported from Pakistan to Israel. In case, if any goods or commodities of Pakistan origin are exported through a third country, it cannot be termed as Pakistan exports to any country including Israel.
It further said that as neither the shipment was exported directly to Israel, nor payment was received in any Pakistani bank, terming it trade between Pakistan and Israel is misleading and factually incorrect.
The ministry said that it has been reported on social media that the first export shipment of Pakistan food products reached Israel, sent by Pakistani-Jewish businessman Fishel BenKhald, as per the statement issued by the American Jewish Congress from its New York headquarters.
The deal was reportedly finalized at a trade show held in the UAE recently.
Trade between Pakistan and Israel is said to be misleading and contrary to facts.