LAHORE - Jamaat-e-Islami observed Thanksgiving Day on Friday to express solidarity with the Apex Court on the historic decision of striking down the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) and stressed upon public to extend full support for the implementation of the verdict. JI organised rallies in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and other major cities in the country, welcoming the court order and terming it as a step towards wiping out corruption and plundering of public wealth. Addressing the gatherings, senior JI leaders paid tributes to the 17-member Apex Court bench for a unanimous decision giving the final blow to the corrupt elite governing the country. Meetings were held to express complete solidarity with the superior judiciary at this juncture. Khatibs paid tributes to the judiciary for giving historic judgment. The JI ameer Syed Munawar Hassan, who made the appeal for Thanksgiving Day, while addressing Friday congregation at the Mansoora mosque, said that corruption was a national issue and the biggest hurdle in national development. If the nation did not get rid of the plunderers and murderers despite court orders, there wont be any justice in the state, he warned. He said that President Zardari and NRO tainted ministers were still clinging to public offices. The Prime Minister, instead of removing the NRO tainted ministers, had given the portfolio of Law to a man who himself was wanted by the NAB which was a joke with the court. He declared that if there was any obstruction in the implementation of the Apex Court order, the JI would bring the people on roads and could even march to Islamabad. The JI also held demonstrations to protest against raise in petroleum prices and increasing terrorism in the country. JI Punjab ameer Dr Syed Waseem Akhtar, deputy secretary general Dr Farid Piracha and JI city chief Amirul Azeem addressed the gathering at Multan Road.