LAHORE/KARACHI Different political and religious parties, and civil society organisations on Friday held protest demonstrations and rallies throughout the country against the 86-year jail sentence of Dr Aafia Siddiqui awarded by a US Court. Flurry of protests and rallies were staged in all the major cities including Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and many other cities and towns. In Lahore, participants of the demonstrations chanted slogans against the American government and set effigies of US President and the judge on fire at different places. PTI leaders and workers held a protest demonstration under the command of their Chief Imran Khan in front of Masjid-i-Shuhada. The PTI protesters demanded of the government to disassociate itself from the US war on terror till the release of Dr Aafia. Imran, while addressing the participants, said Dr Aafia could be released from the American detention, if the rulers took sincere steps in this regard. He said the PTI would not flinch from rendering any sacrifices for the recovery of the daughter of the nation. Jamaat-e-Islami staged a protest at Multan Road, which was addressed by Director Idara Maaraf-e-Islam Hafiz Muhammad Idrees, JI Foreign Affairs wing chief Abdul Ghaffar Aziz and JI Lahore chief Amirul Azeem. Addressing the rally, JI leaders said today was a black day and a day of mourning. The JI women wing also staged a rally at Multan Road which was led by JI ladies wing chief Dr Rukhsana Jabeen, Begum Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Begum Samiha Raheel Qazi and Kalsoom Ranjha. A large number of women and children carrying placards inscribed with anti-US slogans joined the rally. The Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (Noorani) demonstrated outside the local Press Club and raised slogans against former president Pervez Musharraf for handing over Pakistani citizens to America. Khaksar Tehrik Pakistan and Education Culture Heath Organisation jointly staged a protest at GPO Chowk, The Mall. On the occasion, Dr Sabiha Al-Mashraqi said the real face of Americans was revealed by the unjust verdict. Human Rights activist and former chairperson HRCP Asma Jahangir in a press statement said the sentence of Dr Siddiqui was great violation of human rights. She said US should revisit its policy regarding war on terror. Jamaat-ud-Dawa leaders said the American court had done judicial terrorism by this verdict. They said Muslim Ummah should unite to appose the US. President Medical Teachers Association Punjab, Prof Dr Javed Akram, while announcing to set ablaze his three American degrees in front of American Embassy, said that not only the doctors community but the whole nation was protesting against this brutal and inhuman decision and their protest would continue till the time US court withdrew its decision. He was addressing a Press conference at Lahore Press Club along with representatives of the association. The lawyers community also boycotted the court proceedings to express their solidarity with Dr Aafia. In Karachi (Dr Aafias hometown), the surrounding area of the American Consulate was turned into a battlefield after activists of Islami Jamiat Talaba and other student organisations marched on to the site to record their protest against the US courts verdict against Dr Afia Saddiqui. Massive traffic jam was witnessed in the locality which included Zaib-un-Nissa Street, MA Jinnah Road, Fawara Chowk, II Chundigar Road etc as thousands of vehicles were stranded for more than two hours. The protestors shouted 'Death to America, 'Allah-o-Akbar, 'Free Aafia Siddiqui and 'Down with the US system of justice. The rally was led by Amir of IJT Karachi Sami-Ullah Husaini. A large number of students participated in the procession, said SSP Javaid Akbar Ryaz. According to him, when the rally reached near Fawara Chowk, the participants made an attempt to rush towards American Consulate. The law enforcement agencies, however, blocked the roads with barricades to avert any untoward incident. The police officer said when the protesters tried to remove the barricades, the police resorted to aerial firing, pushing them back, adding that police had arrested 15 of the activists and sent them to the Artillery Maidan police station where cases were registered against them. On the other side, an IJT spokesman claimed that police had detained more than 50 of their members. Meanwhile, women wing of JI also held protest demo, led by ex-Amir of Jamaat-i-Islami, Qazi Hussain Ahmed at MA Jinnah Road and flayed the American courts verdict. Meanwhile, lawyers fraternity observed black day and staged protest demonstration. On a call of Supreme Court Bar Association, Sindh High Court Bar Association, Karachi Bar Association (KBA) and Malir District Court Bar Association observed the black day. Agencies add: In Islamabad, police stopped dozens of students from marching on the US embassy to hand over a protest note. The crowd shouted 'Crush America, 'Aafia is our sister and 'We will bring her back. Dozens of lawyers and activists blocked traffic in Multan, shouting 'Down with America and setting fire to an effigy of US President Barack Obama and former president Pervez Musharraf. The rallies were also held in Faisalabad, Hafizabad, Sialkot, Burewala, Hyderabad and other many cities and towns.