From the sectarian terrorism unleashed barely days earlier in Lahore and Karachi, the beleaguered Pakistanis saw 59 more of their fellow citizens dead in the initial toll in a deadly suicide attack in Quetta at a public rally on Friday, Jumatul Wida, to commemorate Al-Quds day and reaffirm a commitment to liberate it from Zionist occupation. Regardless of who claims responsibility, there are all the traits of an external hand in this terrorist act. After all, as any Muslim, regardless of his or her grouping or sect, knows that if there is one issue on which the Ummah is united it is Al-Quds liberation. After all, it was the burning of the Al Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds that brought the Islamic world together under the OIC banner. Rallies held in Muslim states to mark this day have a political significance which has no sectarian overtones - regardless of who may be organising a specific rally. So why would any Muslim actually target an Al-Quds rally? But this knowledge may not be as widespread amongst the non-Muslim world and many in the West may see it primarily associated with Iran which has been taking the lead on many Muslim Ummah issues. Which is why one has to look at the possibility of an external player linkage behind this act of terror. The place of the attack, Quetta, is also not without significance especially given the newly established US diplomatic presence in this provincial capital a move that many Pakistanis had opposed with good reason. We already know of the funding going to the terrorist group Jundullah by the US which is using it to destabilise Iran, unfortunately using Balochistan as a base. We also know how the Zionist entity Israel has been seeking to destroy the Muslim Holy sites in Al-Quds as well as keeping Palestinians from praying in the Al Aqsa Mosque. Incidentally, an interesting coincidence was that the act of terrorism targeting the Al-Quds rally in Quetta took place while the Iranian Interior Minister was visiting Islamabad. Was a particular message being sent by those who oppose not only Iran but also Pakistan-Iran ties and strategic projects like the Iran-Pakistan pipeline. It is time the government of Pakistan reassessed its cooperation with the US in the so-called war on terror which is continuing to take a heavy toll of Pakistan and its citizens. While Pakistanis were being killed for commemorating Al-Quds Day in Quetta, US drones were killing more Pakistanis in North Waziristan. But the enemies of Pakistan should know that this nation will not be deterred from expressing its commitment to its faith and to just Muslim causes. The government needs to proceed quickly on investigating these recent spate of terrorist attacks and it must look more closely and with greater suspicion at its so-called ally the US which is increasingly becoming more of a hostile state than a friend. And till there is conclusive evidence to prove otherwise, the Quetta US Consulate must be closed to prevent the use of Pakistani territory against our ally Iran as well as against our own citizens.