KARACHI/LAHORE/QUETTA Protests erupted across the country on Thursday after a US court convicted Pakistani scientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui of trying to kill US servicemen in Afghanistan. Several thousand people took to the streets in support of Dr Aafia in all the major cities. In Quetta, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Karachi several thousand members of religious groups, women and professionals took to the streets, professing Dr Aafias innocence and demanding her release. In Karachi, a large number of people rallied outside the Press Club to condemn the American jury for declaring Dr Aafia guilty, in what they called 'trumped-up charges. The protesters mainly from Jamaat-i-Islami, Tehreek-e-Insaf, PML-N, human rights organisations, Pasban and Shabab-e-Milli were holding banners and placards inscribed with anti-America and Israel slogans and were hoisting pictures of Dr Aafia. They demanded release of Dr Aafia and the jury to take back its decision. Addressing the protesters, PML-N Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan said it was a black day in the history when the leaders of the nation had sold their daughter. He warned that if we did not bid farewell to the war on terror, these sorts of incidents would increase. Speaking on the occasion, Senator Talha Mehmood termed the verdict a biased one and one-sided, saying the verdict was a slap on the face of justice. PML-N leader Nihal Hashmi, in his address, said that ultimately Dr Aafia Siddiqui had gathered the entire Pakistani nation and she had the played a role for which we are proud of her. Human rights activist Intikhab Aalam Soori said the verdict had exposed the real face of the US justice system. Tehreek-e-Insaf Karachi President Subhan Ali Sohail said former dictator Pervez Musharraf must be hanged in public. Dr Fauzia Siddiqui, the sister of Dr Aafia, in her speech said that she was receiving threats from the US on her cell phone before coming to the protest because she was giving statements against the verdict. She claimed that the US was afraid of her thats why these types of tactics were being used against her, adding that when they could be frightened from a woman like her so what would happen when all the parties and the entire nation would get united on this issue. In Lahore, political and religious parties, NGOs, civil society groups and human rights activists reacted strongly to the biased verdict of US Jury against Dr Aafia Siddiqui who they said was declared guilty without solid evidence. Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith Pakistan Chief Senator Sajid Mir in his reaction against verdict of US Jury said the verdict of the court is itself a terrorism of its own kind, as an innocent woman has been declared guilty. Jamaat-ud-Dawa Ameer Hafiz Saeed said guilty verdict against Dr Aafia has proved that justice is not valued in the American society as well as legal system. Reacting to the verdict, Insaf Student Federation (ISF) President Hassan Niazi said it is failure of foreign policy of Pakistan that US court gave guilty verdict against innocent Pakistani national. Hizb-ut-Tehrir Pakistan staged protest demonstrations in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar against the malicious judgment. The demonstrators were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans, Pak Army avenge Aafia, Establish Khilafat, end US presence. Judicial Activism Panel (JAP) Chairman Azhar Siddique advocate termed the court verdict as draconian decision. Tehreek-e-Istaqlal President Rehmat Khan Verdag said it is shameful decision and there is secret hand of American government behind the court verdict. In Quetta, leaders of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-Ideological) on Thursday while strongly criticising US court verdict against Pakistani citizen Dr Aafia Siddiqui have termed it a part of US anti-Muslim policies. JUI leaders stated this while addressing a big public meeting held at Meezan Chowk to protest against increase in the activities of infamous US private security agency Blackwater in Pakistan and baseless propaganda against religious seminaries and presence of Taliban Shura in Quetta. Addressing on the occasion, JUI leaders including Hafiz Fazal Muhammad Barech, Mualana Qadir Luni, Qari Meharullah, Wali Muhammad Nasir and others said that Dr Aafia was innocent and she was being punished because she is Muslim. They alleged that US agencies had succeeded to get houses in Quetta through Red Crescent and other NGOs. Meeting also adopted several resolutions, demanding government to make concerted efforts in the case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, restricting movement of Blackwater in the country and immediate end of raids on madaris. Earlier, hundreds of emotionally charged activists of JUI-Ideological carrying placards and party flags marched through various roads of the city while shouting slogans against America. Participants of rally also burnt the flag of United States.