Drawing a parallel between the Jewish State of Israel and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is anything but easy. Given the prevailing hostility of the Muslim countries toward Israel, any comparison between the two is unthinkable and even haram. Having sought an Islam-based identity for itself, how could Pakistan be compared favorably with Israel when the prevailing Muslim sentiment toward Israel is less than warm? Some might consider it appalling when Israel is periodically testing and validating its democratic credentials through endless political acrimony, unstable governments, and early elections. This is in contrast to Pakistan, which is often derided as a failing state by its adversaries and a disappointment by its citizens.

Despite a feeling of hostility, Israel and Pakistan share a lot in common. While similarities exist between the two, particularly their struggle for national identity and statehood, comparing them is daunting. Such an approach would also have...

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