OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Religious and religio-political parties held countrywide demonstrations on Friday to protest against the Federal Cabinet decision of granting MFN status to arch rival India. Leadership of mainstream religious and religio-political criticized the government for the decision, saying that promotion of trade without resolution of Kashmir issue was against national interest. In Friday prayers sermons, ulema and khatib denounced the government decision and demanded its immediate withdrawal. Protest rallies and demonstrations were held after Juma prayers in big and small cities where the speakers described the cabinet move as acceptance of Indias supremacy besides stabbing the Kashmiris freedom movement. They called for total ban on trade with India in the larger national interest. The participants were carrying placards and banners inscribed with writings against the rulers, India and the US. Highly charged participants also chanted slogans against India, Israel and the US. They also burnt Indian and US flags at a number of places. Addressing a big congregation at the Mansoora mosque, ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hasan urged the nation to rise to check the advance of the Zionists and Hindus towards the countrys nuclear assets and launch a vigorous movement to get rid of the US and its slaves ruling the country failing which the rulers would surrender Pakistan 's independence. Jamaat-ud-Dawa held a big rally at Chuburji Chowk which was addressed by Maulana Ameer Hamza and other leaders. In the federal capital, the JI held a rally outside National Press Club. JI Islamabad chief Mian Muhammad Aslam addressed. In Karachi, a protest rally was staged outside Masjid al Ikhwan, JI Sindh chief Asadullah Bhutto addressed the rally. Protest rallies were also held in Multan and Peshawar.