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Sorry, Palestine; we are powerless

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A recent picture I saw spoke to me. It was of a Palestinian child, martyred by Israeli brutality.

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The child asked me what was the use of Pakistan being a mighty atomic force, of the fabled wealth of Arab nations, of Iran’s revolutionary guard, of Turkey’s great history and of Muslim unity, when my life can be sniffed out this easily. The image of the child was not the only one that asked these questions. I saw pictures of women running for their lives, of innocent people left at the mercy of the cruelest force in the world. And each image seemed to beseech, what happened to your faith, your self-respect.

To each question, I felt like replying, you unarmed Palestinians are indeed better than all of us.

I fear the day we Muslims will show up before Allah, and he will ask, why did you not help these people? I fear that these victims of terror will stand beside God and ask him to question us over our silence, our failure to help. I am afraid that our Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) will be there to witness the Palestinian children accuse us of cowardice and of complicity.

Would Allah be satisfied with our reply that we had to follow global laws? That we did not have the economic might to face off with Israel? Or that we were cautious because we did not want to become a victim ourselves? Of course not. On that day, in front of our God and the Holy Prophet (PBUH) we will stand ashamed at our behavior.

So what can we actually do? Take up arms and march towards Palestine? We will be stopped, incarcerated or sent back at the very first border we will hit. The solution lies in truthfully examining the reasons that have rendered the Muslim Ummah completely useless.

We will have to acknowledge that Muslim countries have weak political structures that allow incompetent rulers to reach the pinnacle of power. We will have to admit that the division of the nation into borders and countries, which could have been our very strength, has made us selfish, helpless and even cowards. These rulers, lacking courage, are neither able to do anything themselves except issue empty statements, nor will allow their people to do anything. In fact, openly and in secret, Muslim countries are always out to scheme against one another.

Our enemy would be foolish to not attack this fragmented lot. And the enemy is anything but foolish.

It is time to put illogical religious fanaticism, empty emotional slogans and hollow condemnations to bed. Practical steps are required, ones that are based on what our religion tells us. Perhaps we need to once again revise history. How did Salahuddin conquer Jerusalem? Through the power of his belief, unity, learning through past mistakes and flawless planning. We would do well to remember that great nations are not built on emotions, but on self-accountability, planning and struggle.

If the Muslim world really does want to be free of the pain that is being inflicted on it, then it simply needs to take two steps. One, the establishment of an ideological system inside Muslim countries. Two, unity. I know this will not be easy. In fact it will be exceedingly difficult. But I see no other solution.

New life needs to be breathed into the Muslim Ummah. For that, a deep internal cleanse will have to take place before we can stand united under a flag. If we do not adopt this solution, we are condemning ourselves to a hundred more years of meaningless condemnation.

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13 killed, nine injured after truck plunges into gouge

Witnesses rushed to the spot and alerted police and rescue 1122

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Khushab: In an unfortunate incident, 13 people were killed, and nin e other sustained the injuries after a mini-truck fell into ravine near Panjpir in Khushab district on Saturday, witnessed and police said.

Preliminary findings suggested that the driver was speeding when he lost control over the wheels.

Witnesses rushed to the spot and alerted police and rescue 1122.

Police managed to retrieved bodies and injured from the bus wreckage and shifted them to the Tehsil Head Quarter (THQ) Hospital.

The dead bodies will be handed over to the heirs after legal proceedings.

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Prices of gold go extremely high today

The price of per tola gold has increased by Rs3100 to Rs248,100

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Karachi: The price of per tola gold Saturday increased by Rs3100 in the country.

According to All Pakistan Gems and Jewellers Association (APGJA), the price of per tola gold has increased by Rs3100 to Rs248,100.

The price of 10 grams of gold in the country is Rs212,706 with an increase of 2658 rupees.

According to the association, the price of gold in the world exchange market is 2414 dollars per ounce after an increase of 30 dollars.

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Attack on Pakistani students: FO summons Kyrgyzstan Embassy governor for demarche

Spokesperson of FO stated that the government takes the issue of safety and security of its countrymen all over the world very seriously

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Islamabad: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Saturday decided to summon the Governor of Kyrgyzstan to demarche the incident of attack on Pakistani students.

According to the spokesperson of the Foreign Office, the Charge d'Affaires of the Kyrgyz Embassy, Milos Moldaliev, has been summoned to the Foreign Office with the aim to demarche.

The spokesman said that Miles Moldaliev was informed of the deep concern over the reports of last night's incidents against Pakistani students in Kyrgyzstan and demanded that the Kyrgyzstan government take all possible measures to ensure the safety of Pakistani students.

He stated that the government takes the issue of safety and security of its countrymen all over the world very seriously, and Pakistan will take all necessary steps to ensure the welfare of its countrymen.

On the other hand, Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar directed the Foreign Office to monitor the situation and asked to provide full assistance and facilities to Pakistani citizens.

It is pertinent to note that foreign students were attacked by locals in the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, in which many Pakistani students were also injured.

Several hostels of medical universities and private residences of international students, including Pakistanis, were attacked in Bishkek.

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