Murad Raas made some bizarre comments on the ongoing Israel Palestine issue
The violence and the atrocities committed by Israel in Palestine need no introduction. Palestinians in the Gaza strip suffer from the worst humanitarian crisis and the silence of the international media and the UN regarding the issue is deafening. So, in a recent turn of events, Al-Aqsa Mosque was attacked by Israeli forces after recent escalation in conflicts over displacement of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah area. This recent inhumane treatment by Israel has brought the Palestine issue to the forefront and people all over the world have been demanding justice.
The Education Minster, Punjab Murad Raas came up with a statement about the Israel and Palestine situation that practically made no sense to the general public
The Education Minister, Punjab, Murad Raas stated that he is shocked to see that Palestinians do not even own a single gun to defend themselves against the Israeli forces. He further inquired about the Palestine support money. The minister was surprised to know that even in a modern era like this, Palestinians use stones in response to being bombed and shot. In Murad sahib’s words, ” Why can’t they buy a single gun to defend themselves. Being bombed and shot- 2021 still using stones?”
It is shocking to see that Israel has always been armed to the teeth but Palestinians are using Stones for decades. Where does all the Palestine support money go? Why can’t they buy a single gun to defend themselves. Being bombed and shot – 2021 still using stones???
— Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI) May 11, 2021
Naturally, this was followed by a fierce reaction from the awaam who tried to school the Minister about the Palestine issue
getting kicked out from homes, getting shot while praying and literally having stun grenades thrown at them, but ofc a weapon to the rescue 😍😍 https://t.co/ms1HlPn0Dg
— mehr || free palestine 🇵🇸 (@notmehr) May 11, 2021
A lot of people blamed the Government and said that PTI ministers always end up finding a way to disappoint the people in the country
PTI ministers finding new ways to disappoint us everyday https://t.co/JYnj3jPTS5
— Nauman (@blessyounom) May 11, 2021
This party is nothing but a circus, everyday a new person wakes up and decides to demonstrate his/her clownery. https://t.co/ekFS0wD7rO
— Hamza (@Serotonin065) May 11, 2021
Tell me you’re a pti minister without telling me you’re a pti minister: https://t.co/3NBbBO66hL
— sᴀʜᴇᴇʙ (@Friesist) May 11, 2021
They tried explaining to Murad Raas that the Israel Palestine situation where Palestinians suffer to get hold of basic necessities to survive, concern for latest weapons is the least of their worries
Tell this ignoramus that Israel is all around Palestine and that it is difficult for Palestinians to get food, clothing and other basic necessities of life and that he is talking about why Palestinians do not buy weapons.Shame on you that you are our education minister. https://t.co/ZdcWlM83xu
— Fazeel Kamran (@Fazeel_1137) May 11, 2021
— Shahmir (@skas_spirail) May 11, 2021
A few continued to highlight the miserable condition of the Palestinians
Out of all the circumstances going on he pointed of some illogical shit
Can guns destroy missiles too? https://t.co/iUt60u5Cdh
— mrm🇵🇸 (@Porubpo) May 11, 2021
خدا کی قسم اتنا پھٹیچر سٹیٹمنٹ آج تک نہیں دیکھا
Somebody plis tell him, There is no employment in Gaza, no water, Gas, vaccine, just nothing!
Their houses are converted inti rubbles.
Pathetic! U say it's 2021, are u aware of their plight after having phone.
Zero respect for u! https://t.co/955MpqhpR8
— ShanZzzayyyy 💫 (@Insomniaczy) May 11, 2021
People also lamented the fact that Pakistani politicians need to be trained in how they make public statements
They even questioned that being an education minister and not being educated enough to comment on international issues is a concern for Mr. Raas.
While we're all rightly critizing the Western media for its problematic take on the Palestinian genocide, things aren't much better at home.
Waqar Zaka and Jibran Nasir have been picking on the wrong Education Minister. https://t.co/XvwNf435NC
— اسریٰ (@freakonomist5) May 11, 2021
The sheer absence of brain cells. He's failed to educate himself about the entire situation and he is supposed to make all the educational decisions for the province 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/OBu6KYxvHt
— Arsal (@arsalcheema97) May 11, 2021
imagine being an education minister and not be educated https://t.co/wLe8QfqxU1
— chandler (@literallystfu_) May 11, 2021
While people around the world view the Palestinian issue as one of the gravest international humanitarian crises, our politicians continue to make the situation worse by using illogical arguments. The oppression against Palestinians and their suffering points towards the underlying inefficiency of the international community to resolve the matter.
In a situation like this, when Palestinians are going through the worst, the minimum which can be done by our country’s leadership is to be a little more sympathetic and considerate before commenting on serious issues like this one. Or at least be trained in making public statements at a time like this.
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