ISLAMABAD/TELAVIV/WASHINGTON: Trump’s son in law, Jared Kushner who is alleged to have played a key role in Israel’s normalisation with the UAE is making the rounds again after reports that his alleged friend from Pakistan, Zulfi Bukhari visited Tel Aviv with a message from Prime Minister Khan according to Israel Hayom.
Israel Hayom has claimed that Ex-Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis, Sayed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari visited Tel Aviv in the last week of November 2020 on a visit which has been kept secret till now.
Adelson’s paper Israel Hayom is reporting that the Israeli military censor has just allowed to publish that Pakistan PM @ImranKhanPTI ‘s advisor Zulfi Bukhari traveled to Israel last Nov to meet Mossad chief Cohen – this according to a source in Islamabadhttps://t.co/vNwf9x8MEy
— avi scharf (@avischarf) June 28, 2021
Quoting a source from Islamabad, the journalist from Israel Hayon, Dean Samuel Elmes claimed that Zulfi Bukhari arrived at Ben Gurion Airport from Islamabad on a connection flight from London. The story also claims that Zulfi Bukhari used his British passport for this trip.
“Upon landing, he was transferred to Tel Aviv, where he met with senior officials in their Foreign Ministry, conveyed the message sent by Prime Minister Khan, and with former Mossad chief Yossi Cohen…” the story claims.
The story added that there was an element of pressure from the United Arab Emirates for this trip.
Editor of the English version of Haaretz, Avi Scharf wrote in a tweet: “Adelson’s paper Israel Hayom is reporting that the Israeli military censor has just allowed to publish that Pakistan PM @ImranKhanPTI ‘s advisor Zulfi Bukhari traveled to Israel last Nov to meet Mossad chief Cohen – this according to a source in Islamabad.”
This signifies that the story was allowed to be published by elements of the Israeli government and it is considered as a means of indirect communication from Israel to Pakistan according to well placed sources in Islamabad.
Sayed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari who recently resigned as Special Assistant to PM Khan on Overseas Pakistanis after his name was mentioned in the Rawalpindi Ring Road Scam has categorically denied that he visited Tel Aviv in November 2020.
Taking to Twitter, the former SAPM said: “DIDNOT go to Israel. Funny bit is Pakistani paper says I went to Israel based on “Israeli news source” & Israeli paper says I went to Israel based on a “Pakistani source”-wonder who this imaginative Pakistani source is. Apparently, I’m the only one who was kept out of the loop.”
Surprisingly, Zulfi Bukhari had resigned from his post as SAPM but still has the position mentioned on his Twitter bio.
Sources have claimed that this visit may have been facilitated by Former US President Donald Trump’s son in law, Jared Kushner, with whom Zulfi has been alleged to enjoy a friendly relationship.
Sources from Islamabad and Tel Aviv have also mentioned surreptitious flights from Tel Aviv to Islamabad, and one from Islamabad to Tel Aviv.
According to Avi Scharf, an Israeli bizjet in 2018 flew from Tel Aviv to Islamabad and stayed on the ground in Islamabad for 10 hours before it went back to Tel Aviv.
He further mentioned that a usual trick of 5 minutes ground time in another country (Amman this time) was used as an attempt evade detection and to show that the flight was coming from Amman and not Israel.
This news has been leaked in the backdrop of the participation of both Israel and Pakistan in the U.S. Sixth Fleet’s annual Sea Breeze exercise in the Black Sea.
32 countries are set to participate in the exercise located near Russian-occupied Crimea.
Zulfi Bukhari did not respond to a request for comment as of the filing of this report.
Hamza Azhar Salam is an investigative reporter, a digital marketing strategist and the founder of Democrats Voice.