LAHORE/ISLAMABAD/KARACHI Venting out popular anger at the ominous release of Raymond Davis, people from all walks of life and activists of religious and political parties Thursday staged protests in all major cities of the country. A countrywide 'Black Day shutterdown and rallies have been announced for Friday. The protests come as a vindication that the rulers and the judge misused the Diyat option, since the double murder by the US national was outrageous to the public conscience and this fact alone had rendered the accused ineligible for Diyat. The protesters declared federal and Punjab governments and the military establishment equally responsible of the release of the killer in a manner that undermined national honour and sovereignty. In Lahore where Davis was released, a large number of students and leaders and activists from various religious and political parties, including Jamaat-e-Islami, Al-Muhammadia Students, Tehrik-e-Insaaf, Jiyay Pakistan, Khaksar Tehrik, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, gathered outside the Lahore Press Club and the US Consulate and vented spleen against the rulers and the US. Addressing the protesters, Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Maulana Ameer Hamza demanded the government kick out all CIA and Blackwater agents from Pakistan. The protesters were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans 'Only way of freedom and peace, Al-jihad, Al-jihad, 'The nation will never forgive the murderers, 'The nation will take revenge and 'Death to America. The Sunni Ittehad Council has also announced a shutterdown on Friday. The Jamaat-e-Islami and the Tehrik-e-Insaaf will hold joint rallies in different parts of the country. The decision was made in a telephonic contact between JI chief Syed Munawar Hassan and TI chief Imran Khan. Munawar will lead a protest rally in Lahore while Imran in the federal capital. The leaders said that the rulers have sold the national integrity and sovereignty to the US for paltry gains. Syed Munawar Hasan, while talking to different delegations at Mansoora, said that the nation had lost confidence in the state institutions, including the military establishment. He said that the federal and the Punjab governments, foreign and interior ministries were equally involved in the crime against the nation. Munawar said the nation is not ready to tolerate any more American agents and subservient rulers who remained unable to demand the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui in turn for Davis. The Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) will hold a protest rally from the Lahore Press Club to the Punjab Assembly. The Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) also termed the governments conduct questionable, and declared a protest across the country. The MQI Central Working Council met on Thursday and passed a condemnatory resolution. Speaking on the occasion, MQI Secretary General Dr Raheeq Abbasi said the fleeing of Davis in a secretive manner has raised a number of questions. The meeting decided to observe Friday as a black day to protest against the issue and urged the religious scholars to condemn the governments conduct in their Friday sermons. Meanwhile, heavy police contingents have also been deployed across the city of Lahore while armed patrols have been intensified to keep the situation under control. Police sources said that thousands of policemen would remain on-guard around the key government and private installations to avoid any untoward incident. In Karachi too, several political and religious organisations staged demonstrations. PTI, Sunni Tehreek (ST), Pasban and other organisations staged demos outside the Karachi Press Club and announced they would observes Friday (March 18) as a Black Day. PTI Secretary-General Arif Alvi alleged that absence of the Sharif brothers from the country on the occasion was a planned move on their part as a result of their understanding with the US that has damaged security and integrity of the country. He said the Punjab government was under US pressure from day one and this pressure kept it from arresting the men who crushed to death Ubadur Rehman. He said that the ISI accepted supremacy of the CIA by facilitating Davis escape and ISI-ClA understanding was endangering security and integrity of the country. STs Shahid Ghouri condemned the release of Davis and alleged that the Punjab and federal government played a role in Davis release and humiliated the nation. He said Davis release under the US pressure and official patronage hurt the sentiments of the Pakistanis. Addressing the demonstration of Pasban, Altaf Shakoor said the rulers are the puppet of the United States and working on US polices to save their government. He said the PPP and the PML-N were equally responsible for earning the nation this shame. Addressing the demonstration of Jamaat-e-Islami Women Wing on MA Jinnah Road, JI Central naib ameer Prof Ghafoor Ahmed said that the government had insulted the nation. Hundreds of activists of JI Women Wing took part in the rally. Hizb-ul-Tehrir also condemned the released of Davis. A large number of Hizb activists reached the Karachi Press Club carrying placards. The JI Rawalpindi Chapter brought out a protest rally in which hundreds of JI workers, led by JI Rawalpindi ameer Sajjad Ahmed Abbasi, Shamsur Rehman Swati and Raja Jawad Ahmed, marched from Marir Chowk to Committee Chowk on Benazir Bhutto Road. Protesters were carrying placard and banners and chanting slogans against the federal and the provincial government. The rally created traffic jams on Benazir Bhutto Road that led to snarls on all other main roads and arteries. Speakers of the rally blamed that the families of Faizan and Fahim were pressurised by the government into pardoning Davis. They requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan to invalidate the decision and direct the authorities to initiate proceedings against those who brought about Davis release. On the other hand, the lawyers community also protested and held the federal and the provincial governments responsible. The Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) went on a partial strike. Some lawyers appeared in the curt and all three judges, including the IHC chief justice, heard the cases till 11am.