Demos against Trump continue

LAHORE – Like across the country, protests against US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital were held in the city on Friday.

People from all walks of life took the streets in every city of Pakistan after Friday prayers to show their anger over the US move. They expressed solidarity with Palestinians and said the Pakistan was standing with them in this moment of shock and grief.

Although statements of condemnations were issued by leaders of every religious and political party, the parties yesterday led the protests were included Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Majlise Wahdatul Muslimeen, Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasoolallah, Pakistan Sunni Tehreek, Tehrik-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, Jamiat Ahlehadith, Pakistan Defence Council and many others.   

JI took out the rally at The Mall and it was addressed by its chief Senator Sirajul Haq. The JI chief exhorted the Muslim rulers to shun cowardice and show courage against the US and its President. He said that the liberation of Baitul Maqdis was an issue of life and death for the Muslim world. He said the US enmity towards Islam and the Ummah was never a secret and Trump had initiated a war which could engulf the whole world. Stating that no sane person in the world could endorse Trump’s mischievous announcement, the JI chief noted that China, Britain, Russia, Germany, France and other major countries had demonstrated a positive attitude by rejecting Trump’s decision as was highly appreciable.

He urged Prime Minister Shahid khaqan Abbasi to attend the Rabita Alam e Islami meeting as a spokesman of the nation so that Pakistan was projected as a front line state  in foiling the US and Zionist designs.

 Big rallies were taken out in Peshawar, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Karachi and other cities under the banner of JI.

Countrywide protests were staged against the US president move on the call of Difa e Pakistan Council (DPC) and Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD). Protests were arranged in every nook and cranny of the country. Teachers, doctors, students, lawyers, traders, business men and thousands of people from all walks of life joined these programs. Participants determined to sacrifice for protection of Qibla Awwal. They carried placard and banners containing text “We stand with Palestine, O Muslims! Wake to free Aqsa from Zionists”. Flags of US & Israel and effigy of Trump were burned at the end of events. As well as, clerics and leadership of religious organizations delivered Khutbat e Juma on the issue of Protection of Qibla Awwal. Resolutions were passed against Trump’s move.

In Lahore, big protest was staged at Chouburji Chowk. Thousands of participants from all schools of thought participated in protest. They shouted slogans against US and Israel.

JUD chief Hafiz Saeed announced to launch a massive, countrywide movement for the protection of Bait ul Muqaddas. He urged the all Muslim Countries to wake up out of their deep slumber and sever diplomatic ties with the US.

Students union held protest demonstrations at front of Lahore Press Club.

On Thursday, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned President Trump’s decision. “Religious sentiments of 1.5 billion Muslims have been hurt by the Trump’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” he rued.

The CM said instead of advancing the peace process, the US move has dealt a blow to the efforts. He went on to say: “Palestinians have been deceived again.  With this reckless and irresponsible US policy reversal, the goal of finding a two-state solution has become even more distant. The world has rightly been outraged by the action of Trump administration, whose understanding of history is fickle and self-serving.

The chief minister endorsed President Erdogan’s comment wherein the Turkish leader had said that by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the US has crossed the red-line for Muslims. He warned that the step has opened wounds and exposed the Middle East to a new era of fresh uncertainty and chaos.

He said that the world can ill-afford such narrow-minded policies that seem to insult the intelligence of the people. He said that the Palestinians’ right to have an independent homeland of their own is sanctioned by the United Nations resolutions and the world conscience. Instead of taking steps to reignite peace process, the United States under President Trump has complicated the regional situation that has graver implications for the world peace in general and the stability and peace of Middle Easti in particular.

Shehbaz reiterated the resolve to continue with all-out support to the Palestinian cause. He underlined the need for a collective response at the level of OIC to the latest policy announcement of the Trump Administration.

Speakers at the concluding session of two-day Seerat conference arranged by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust (NPT) vowed to continue struggle for unity among Ummah what, according to them, resulted in encouraging US President Trumpt to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The speakers have also stressed the need for a leadership with character to guide the Ummah in this crucial hour.

The Seerat Conference was concluded at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan on Thursday. It was presided over by Peer Abdul Khaliq Qadri, a direct descendant of Astana Alia Bharchundi Sharif.

Speaking on the occasion, Peer Abdul Khaliq Qadri condemned the US President Trump move of declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel and termed it  dangerous for the international peace and harmony. He called upon the Ummah to form a joint strategy against this development.

Chief Justice (r) Mian Mahboob Ahmed said the Muslim Ummah should seek guidance from the life of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) to deal with the emerging challenges.

Dr Farid Ahmed Paracha said just unity can be effective to deal with the challenges of present day world.

Qari Muhammad Zawwar Bahadur sought a strong leadership to respond to the situation, saying that the Muslim Ummah should rise above personal differences to tackle it jointly.

Among others who spoke on the occasion included Qayyum Nizami, Allama Naseer Ahmed Qadari, Asif Tanveer Awan and Shahid Rasheed.

On Wednesday, Jamaat-e-Islami, Milli Muslim League, Jamaatud Dawa, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan and other religio-political parties expressed concern over the US president decision.

JI chief Sirajul Haq said that the US was playing with fire. He appreciated announcements by Turkish and Palestinian presidents rejecting the US decision and said that none of the Muslim rulers could support Trumps’ plan.

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed has said Trupl move to prove loyalty with Jews exposed US president’s design against Islam and Muslims. He said the move will result the whole Middle East to descent into chaos and turmoil and repercussions will be incalculable.

He said strict reaction will come from Muslim World by such decisions and this act will damage world’s peace seriously. He advised International world to avoid such steps for world’s peace.




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