OUR STAFF REPORTER MUZAFFARGARH/SIALKOT/NOWSHERA VIRKAN - On the call of the Jamaat-e-Islami, protest demonstrations were held in many districts of the Punjab province on Friday against the governments decision to grant the most favoured nation status to India. In Muzaffargarh, the JI staged a protest demonstration at Qanwan Chowk to protest against the government decision. About 150 party activists and students of seminaries joined the agitation. The demonstration was led by JI district Ameer Umar Daraz Farooqi and Arshad Ahmed Cheema. The participants were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans such as 'No trade at the cost Kashmir, No to Indian Hegemony in Asia, Dont destroy Local Industry, 'India is Killer of Thousands of Kashmiris and 'Kashmir Liberation First then Trade. Addressing the protesters, Rao Zafar Iqbal said, Our rulers had decided to declare India as most favoured nation. The country imposed three wars on Pakistan and cut off one wing of the country. Our rulers are playing in the hands of Americans. Such demonstrations were also held in in tehsils Alipur, Jatoi, Kotaddu and Rangpur. In Sialkot, hundreds of activists of the JI and Shabab-e-Milli participated in the anti-government demonstration taken out in Allama Iqbal Chowk area to protest against the government decision to grant the most favoured nation status to India. They also staged a sit-in there. JI Sialkot District Ameer Hafiz Tahir Aslam and former MPA Arshad Mehmood Baggu Advocate led the demonstration. The protesters marched on various city roads while wearing black arm bandages and carrying banners and placards. They also chanted anti-government slogans and strongly criticised and condemned the PPP governments decision to grant MFN status to the rival country. Addressing the participants, Hafiz Tahir said that the decision was assassination of the aspirations of the Kashmiri Muslims, adding that the incumbent rulers were taking U-turn on the Kashmir Issue. He urged all the religious parties to unit in order to curb the menace of the global anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan conspiracies of the non-believers. Earlier, Ulema in their Jumma sermons unanimously passed anti-MFN status resolutions in mosques of Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Bhopalwala, Uggoki-Bajwat, Satrah, Pasrur, Badiana and Chawinda. They strongly criticised the government, urging it not to grant the status to the country, saying that it was totally against the aspirations of the Pakistani nation. In Nowshera Virkan, scores of people from different walks of life strongly condemned the governments decision to declare India the most favourite nation. According to an impartial survey conducted by TheNation in tehsil Nowshera Virkan, more than 90 percent people termed the decision against the national interests. Most of them said that cruel Hindus and Sikhs murdered millions of innocent Muslims in 1947 when Pakistan came into being. They were of the view that the country has occupied Kashmir and was killing innocent Kashmiris. Moreover, it has blocked the water of rivers in order to make Pakistan a desert, they said, adding that India attacked on Pakistan in 1971 and cut it into two parts. They questioned on what grounds India was being given the status. Some of the citizens said, Our rulers have become slaves of anti-islam forces and want to please them at any cost. HAFIZABAD: The workers of Jamaat-i-Islam took out a rally to protest against what they called the Most Favourite Nation (MFN) status to India here on Friday. The protesters called on the government to withdraw its decision and stop playing with the sentiments of the nation and the Kashmiri Muslims. The rally was led by JI District President Dr Muhammad Yaseen, they raised slogans against the government and said that the government was betraying with the Kashmir freedom fighters. Moreover, they said that MFN status to India would give rise inflation, unemployment and poverty in the country. The participants called on the government to withdraw its decision for the great national interest.