LAHORE – Like other parts of the globe, Jumatul Wida, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramazan, was observed across the country including the City with religious zeal and reverence amid elaborate security arrangements.

The faithful thronged mosques and offered last Juma prayers of the holy month of fasting with respect and honour. Muslims also staged rallies and demonstrations to mark the Al-Quds Day, a day to express solidarity with oppressed Palestinians in their freedom struggle.

During Juma prayers, ulema and khateebs delivered lectures on the importance of Ramazan and Aitkaf, and urged Muslims to fully act on the teachings of Islam and follow the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Special prayers were offered for the prosperity and solidarity of the country and unity of the Ummah.

In Lahore, Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Ameer Muhammad Saeed led the largest Jumatul Wida congregation at University Ground Chauburji, while Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan led the prayers at Jamia Masjid Mansoora.

Addressing the gathering, Saeed alleged that the United States and India were behind the attack on Kamra airbase and killing of Shias in Kohistan. He said enemies were hatching conspiracies to damage the country’s nuclear arsenal. “No Muslim could even think of working against the interests of Pakistan,” he viewed.

Saeed further alleged that the Myanmar government started brutalities against Muslims after the visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “The fear of uprising in Assam, Manipur and Mizoram states forced India to counsel Myanmar for operation against Muslims,” he said. He also demanded of the government to permanently stop Nato supplies.

In his Juma sermon, Syed Munawar Hasan said the country was heading for anarchy because of the negative mindset of the rulers, while the saboteurs and anti-state elements were gaining strength. “There seems to be no government in the country because lawlessness, dacoities and murders were on the rise,” he added.

Condemning the target killing of passengers of Gilgit-bound busses, Hasan said, after Balochsitan, such incidents had also spread to other parts of the country, but the rulers were busy in other affairs. “As long as the rulers remain slaves to the United States, neither Kashmir nor Palestine would be liberated,” he added.

He counselled the civil and military high-ups not to provoke the masses by announcing military operations against the Haqqani Network in North Waziristan Agency. The Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer said to avoid Kamra-like incidents, the country would have to pull out of the US-led war, permanently stop Nato supplies, and adopt independent foreign and internal policies.