August 17 and Palestine Day


JUBAIL, SAUDI ARABIA: While attending a rally organised by the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in Islamabad in support of Gaza, the federal information minister said that the government would accept a proposal by the JI to officially observe August 17 as Palestine Day.
The bravery shown by Gazans will be remembered for a long time among the nations who struggled against the colonial powers.
However, we should take exception to government decision to observe Palestine Day on August 17. In Pakistan’s history this was the day when the nation was freed of the brutal clutches of a military dictator — Ziaul Haq. He died in a plane crash on this day in 1988.
It is said that General Zia played a key role in a bloody offensive against the Palestinians in Jordan in 1970. Hence, to celebrate Palestine Day on August 17 would be a bad move.
Masood Khan
Published in The Express Tribune, August 17th, 2014.
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