Zulfi Bukhari, a former special adviser to Pakistan’s foreign minister, denied on Monday that he had been to Israel in secret.
This is Buhari’s second denial of rumors that he is planning a trip to Israel. Last December, he denied the allegations, claiming he was the Deputy Commissioner on a November visit to Rawalpindi.
The rumors started, according to a private channel, when a news source said an adviser to Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Israeli authorities at Tel Aviv Airport in November 2020 after receiving US permission to travel.
According to the story, an unidentified adviser with a British passport was taken to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he met with various political leaders and diplomats and relayed the news to the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
As Bukhari is also a British citizen, many have suggested on social media that the accusations were about him.
The subject resurfaced today when Hayom Israel, a Jewish newspaper, quoted news about the alleged visit to Islamabad, citing an anonymous source.
According to the story, Bukhari traveled to Israel to meet the director of the Mossad spy agency, Yossi Cohen, according to the Avi shawl from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. He said the news was attributed to sources in Islamabad and was only released after Israeli military censors approved it.
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