MULTAN - American President’s announcement to regarding recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and shifting of US embassy to the city sparked a string of protests across South Punjab on Thursday while the religious parties announced to mark Friday as Youm-e-Ehtajaj across the country.

Holding placards and banners inscribed with their demand regarding withdrawal of American President’s decision, the protesters rallied in Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Lodhran, Layyah, Khanewal, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Vehari, Mailsi and other towns of South Punjab and burnt American flags and effigies of Trump during the demonstrations.

The protesters warned that the Trump’s ill-advised decision jeopardised world peace and no Muslim would accept it.

The activists of Difa-e-Pakistan Council and Jamaatud Dawa held a joint demonstration at Chowk Nawan Shehr. Similarly, the workers of PML-N also staged a demonstration at Chowk Kumharanwala and burnt the tyres.

They said that Trump’s decision was tantamount to sprinkling oil on already burning fire. The protesters appealed to the leaders of Muslim states to get united against this decision and exert pressure on USA besides going to UNO for getting it reversed. They said that the decision was an attempt to justify Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine.

Giving their reactions, the spokesmen of JI, JUI-F, Difa-e-Pakistan Council, Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen, Pakistan Awami Tehreek, Sunni Tehreek, Shia Ulema Council, Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasoolallah and Jamaat Ahle Sunnat said that the decision was highly condemnable which would ruin peace process in the Middle East. Senior PPP leader Habib Ullah Shakir said in his press conference that Trump’s decision was deplorable and his party strongly supported the liberation of Palestine. PTI women wing activists held a meeting and presented a condemnation resolution.

PMDP FOR WELFARE OF

MINORITIES

Chairman of Pakistan Minorities Democratic Party (PMDP) Abid Chaand has demanded the government to repeal all such laws that subject the minorities to biased treatment or put their loyalty in suspicion.

Addressing a gathering organised by PMDP in connection with the party’s foundation day here on Thursday, he said that all discriminatory laws should either be repealed or amended. He said that the minorities are the offspring of this soil as neither they migrated from any other area nor they would migrate from here. “Minorities are as loyal to this country as all other sections of the society. We have rendered tremendous sacrifices for Pakistan but the treatment meted out to the minorities is inhuman,” he claimed. He maintained that the legislation and policies of different governments are anti-minorities. He was of the opinion that the electoral method for the minorities was non-democratic and a big proof of the fact that the dummy minority representatives do not possess the right to participate in legislation process. “They need to seek permission from their party before they raise any point in the parliament,” he pointed out. On the occasion, MQM Coordinator Ghulam Ali Bokhari said that the minorities are fully loyal to their country and they contribute a lot for its progress. Muhammad Ali Rizvi said that the division of the society on communal, lingual, regional and religious basis prevented the country from making progress. He said that demanded immediate steps for the welfare of minorities.

Arshad Javed, Nadem Sarfaraz, Javed Francis, Riaz Anjum and others also spoke on this occasion.