Thousands rally in pro-Palestine protests in Pakistan

Thousands rally in pro-Palestine protests in Pakistan

Islamabad: Thousands of supporters from Pakistan’s political parties, rallied in the capital, Islamabad, on Sunday against Israel’s bombing of Palestinians in Gaza.

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) all three parties organized rallies in different cities where tens of thousands of people protested to condemn Israeli atrocities against Palestinians.

The biggest rally was held by JI at the Embassy Road in Islamabad, attended by thousands of party workers and leaders.

 Addressing the gathering, JI emir Sirajul Haq criticised the government for not playing the role which was required on the Gaza issue.

He also expressed his concerns over the mounting death toll and pointed out the disruption of internet services in the besieged region.

Earlier, the party had planned to hold the demonstration outside the US embassy, but the venue was changed after the district administration arrested around 20 party workers on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) staged a demonstration outside the Lahore Press Club to express solidarity with the Palestinians.

Several party workers and citizens participated in the protest and chanted slogans against Israel’s bombardment and air strikes on innocent people, including women and children.

PML-Q's chief organiser Chaudhry Sarwar led and addressed the rally. He said that world nations should take note of Israel’s attacks on Gaza and the Gazans’ lives and property must be protected.

Chaudhry Sarwar said that the US and European governments were standing with Israel, but their citizens, and those of European countries, were expressing solidarity with Gazans.

Moreover, JUI-F’s chief  Maulana Fazlur Rehman addressed a protest rally at Quetta's Ayub Stadium.

The JUI-F chief said that the US was “no longer a superpower” and that the government should remove the “shackles of US slavery and stand up against it”.