KARACHI/ISLAMABAD - Al-Quds Day was observed across the country on Friday to express solidarity with the Palestinians.

In Karachi, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen and Imamia Students Organization held a rally in which thousands of people took part. The participants were carrying banners and placards and flags of Palestine and Hezbollah, raising slogans against the United States, Israel and their allies. They vowed to shed last drop of blood for the sake of liberation of Palestine. They said people from all walks of life participated in the Quds Day’s main rally which started from Numaish Chowrangi and concluded at Tibet Centre.

Allama Mirza Youfusf Hussain, Allama Baqar Abbas Zaidi, Allama Sadiq Raza Taqvi, Dr Merajul Huda Siddiqi and Athar Imran spoke on the occasion. They said observance of Quds Day was a must to mark solidarity and support to the oppressed Palestinians.

“Palestine problem is the cardinal problem of Muslim Ummah. Israel is the enemy of all Muslims because Zionists want to destroy Muslims and annex their land in their Zionist project,” they held.

They said Palestinians were suffering from unmatched problems and grievances since the 1940s when Zionist terrorists grabbed their land and imposed an illegitimate state on them. They said Palestinians were forced to leave their homeland to become refugees for decades through massacre, violence and torture.

The speakers said all Palestinians including around 6 million refugees have right to return their homeland. They said the international community should desist from hypocritical role vis-à-vis Palestinians. They said legitimate national resistance of Palestinians and Lebanese should not be maligned and should not be defamed through media trial. 

The religious leaders appreciated the Shia-Sunni unity at the rally as Dr Merajul Huda Siddiqi of Jamaat-e-Islami condemned the attack on the holy shrine of Hazrat Zaineb (RA) in Syria. The speakers backed the armed resistance to Israeli occupation and said enemies left no option for them.  In Lahore, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen and Imamia Students Organization organised Al-Quds Day rally to express solidarity with the people of Palestine.

Ulema of different schools of thought besides a large number of people including women and children participated in the rally which started from Islampura and reached Faisal Chowk on Friday. The participants were carrying banners and placards inscribed with different slogans against America and Israel.

Addressing on the occasion, MWM Secretary General Allama Abdul Khaliq Asadi said it was the day of unity among Muslims. He urged all Muslims to unite and raise their voice for the liberation of “Qibla Awwal”.

In Islamabad, Milli Yakjehti Council Acting Chief Allama Syed Sajid Ali Naqvi, in his message on AI-Quds Day, urged the Christian, Muslims and other communities to join in this global and prestigious movement to expose true face of Zionism and barbarism.