'What about Gaza?' Ali Zafar asks Malala keeping silence over Israel-Palestine issue

07:26 PM | 29 Oct, 2023
Malala Ali Zafar

Youngest Nobel Prize laurete, Malala Yousafzai, is in hot waters once again for her inability to articulate support for Palestinian people amidst the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

What started on October 7 with Hamas' sudden attack on Israel divided the entire world where public figures to country heads have sided either with Palestine or Israel, however, some have abstained or remained neutral. Malala happens to be one of the figures that have maintained neutral stance throughout the conflict.

While Malala is known for raising voice for children and women, her silence on the Palestine-Israel was met with criticism. Malala recently showed her concern over Afghani deportation while keeping neutral stance on Palestinian civilians, igniting Pakistani singer Ali Zafar.

Speaking on the plight of Afghani people at the hands of Taliban, Malala shared on platform X, “Afghan refugees — children, women, men, elderly — fleeing Taliban persecution deserve support, dignity, and safety, not further obstacles and harassment.”

“I echo UN experts’ call and urge the Pakistani government to reconsider its rushed policy of mass deportation,” she further added.

In response to Malala's request for “the Pakistani government to reconsider its rushed policy of mass deportation,” the Sajaniya singer fired back, asking why isn't she speaking on the bloodcurdling humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

“What about Gaza?” Zafar asked while tagging Malala. “If not for anything else, then the children ? (sic)” he added.

Zafar highlighted the fact that the Nobel Prize laurete has huge “influence,” the singer rhetorically asked, “Should we not expect more from you ?”

The writer is a staff member.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 2 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 2, 2024 (Saturday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 2, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 27.13 27.43
Swedish Korona SEK 314.07 316.57
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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