Pakistan is China’s Israel, says Caretaker Prime Minister
New York: Caretaker Pakistani Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar on Wednesday said Pakistan is China’s Israel.
Speaking during the Council on Foreign Relations meeting, he said, “Pakistan and China have a lot in common in terms of emerging threats in the region and issues, like One China policy. We share goals and would stand shoulder to shoulder wih each other. Strategically we have always sided with each other.”
The interim prime Minister’s remarks raised eyebrows back in his country.
The prime minister apparently repeated a Chinese diplomat’s words from a report published in 2010.
The remarks were previously made when a US delegate once confronted a Chinese diplomat about Beijing’s uncompromising support for Pakistan.
According to Al Jazeera, the Chinese reportedly responded with a heavily-loaded sarcastic remark: “Pakistan is our Israel”.
Kakar has been criticized on social media for comparing Pakistan and Israel.