Who is this Pakistani-American woman Anila Ali, and what's she doing at pro-Israel rally?

05:00 PM | 16 Nov, 2023
Who is this Pakistani-American woman Anila Ali, and what's she doing at pro-Israel rally?
Source: A screengrab from YouTube video

LAHORE – Israeli occupational forces continue to carry out aerial bombardment and ground offensive on Gaza as death toll in the Palestinian territory has surpassed 11,000, including children and women. 

The Zionist regime launched a war on Gaza on Oct 7 after Hamas attacked Israeli controlled cities, killing 1,400 people and taking some 240 hostages. Tel Aviv retaliated by imposing a strict blockade of the enclave, and carrying out airstrikes and ground attacks.

Palestinian officials say Israeli actions have so far killed around 11,500 people, of which 40% are children, with a huge number of people dead and buried under the rubble. 

Amid the war, rallies are being conducted in various countries for both in support of Palestinians and Israelis with most of the Muslim world and even orthodox Jews condemning the Israeli brutalities.

Pakistan, which does not recognise Israel as a state, has also been condemning the attack on civilian population. The Muslim-majority nation has a clear stance that Israel should be held accountable for “deliberately” targeting mosques, churches and schools sheltering civilians who had been rendered homeless due to Israeli attacks.

Lately, a huge number of people joined a rally in Washington, DC, to show solidarity with Israel in its fight against Hamas. The “March for Israel” took place on the National Mall amid heavy security, with senior members of Congress addressing the participants.

Anila Ali, a Pakistani American Muslim and women’s rights activist, also spoke at the rally. She said, “I stand before you as a friend of the Jewish people.”

“I am here to affirm to my Abrahamic brothers and sisters that you are not alone,” says Ali. Explaining that Islam prohibits all the horrific acts Hamas committed on October 7, she ends her remarks, saying, “Am Yisrael Chai.”

Several Pakistanis shared the video clip on social media drawing mix response. Former bureaucrat and columnist Orya Maqbool Jan used the video to take a dig at the PML-N, claiming that Anila was leading a delegation that visited Israel in 2022 during the tenure of former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif. 

Contradicting his claim, an 'X' user said that Oyra Maqoobl Jan was distorting the facts, saying it was PTI in power when Anila Ali visited Israel along with the delegation. He also shared a photo of previous post shared by the Pakistani-American woman. 

Who is Anila Ali?

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Anila Ali was raised in a family dedicated to public service, reads her profile on her website. 

Her great-grandfather served as the Prime Minister of Kashmir. Her grandmother served as Secretary of the Muslim League and authored several books on Islam and women’s rights.

Her father was a journalist and diplomat who founded Pakistan’s first news agency and wrote over a dozen books, including a biography of the Prophet Muhammad. Her mother was a teacher and a philanthropist.

Ali lives in Washington D.C. and is the mother of Sara and Danyal.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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