A controversial statement released by a senior army commander of Pakistan Army stated Pakistan is capable of destroying Israel in under 12 minutes only. Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat told AWD News, “If Israel tries to invade our land, we will raze the Zionist regime in less than 12 minutes.”
General Hayat considered himself not an anti-Semetic and enough to admit and acknowledge that Pakistan is in need to be changed from within first instead of worrying about what other countries thought of it.
Talking about it, General said, “I don’t agree that Jews are our (Pakistan’s) enemies either. Zionism and Judaism are two very different concepts. To simplify things, all monotheistic beliefs are from the same maker which renders the fight over religion pointless; hate will only brew more hate. This is a fight for human rights who everyone has the right to defend.”
Hayat further went on to add to the muslimcouncil.org.hk web site, “Pakistan itself has a tainted slate when it comes to human rights. But it wouldn’t get any closer to making amends by forming an alliance with Israel either. And, as for improving Pakistan’s image externally, well, maybe, we should focus on procuring a change from within first and then worry about what image others have of us.”
General suggested that Israel is always losing faith with Pakistan, and to prove this viewpoint, he indicated towards an article published in the daily ‘The Jewish Chronicle’ in 1967 in which Israel ‘s Founder David Ben Gurion said, “The world Zionist movement should not be neglectful of the dangers of Pakistan to it. And Pakistan now should be its first target, for this ideological state is a threat to our existence. And Pakistan, the whole of it, hates the Jews and loves the Arabs. This lover of the Arabs is more dangerous to us than the Arabs themselves. For that matter, it is most essential for the world Zionism that it should now take immediate steps against Pakistan.”
“Whereas the inhabitants of the Indian peninsula are Hindus whose hearts have been full of hatred towards Muslims, therefore, India is the most important base for us to work from against Pakistan. It is essential that we exploit this base and strike and crush Pakistanis, enemies of Jews and Zionism, by all disguised and secret plans,” stated by Ben Gurion.
However, the authenticity of the quote has never been verified by any Israel official. On Palestine- Israel conflict, he said that “human rights violations are rife despite Israel portraying itself as the beacon of freedom in the eyes of the international community.”
The General said, “Israel would have you believe that Palestinians are all terrorists and it’s only defending its citizens from suicide bombers and Islamic extremists. The reality however is very different.”
On asking further, whether it ‘would it be in Pakistan’s interest to recognise Israel, General Hayat said, “I would have to say no; not because of the Muslims versus Jews debate, or the ties many people have to the third most holiest site in Islam, Al-Aqsa Mosque, but based more on a human level.”
He said in last, “We cannot let our names represent an apartheid regime and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian people. We should push for peace in one of the most complex conflicts of our time, and simultaneously hold Israel accountable for its actions – something which the UN repeatedly fails to do.”