Massive protests in Pakistan against IOF bid to raze the Aqsa
LAHORE — Muslims in Pakistan joined their faith fellow around the world in condemning the violation of Muslims’ scared places by the usurper Zionists in occupied Palestine.
In this connection Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan staged countrywide protests on Friday against the renewed implementation of Zionist plan to demolish Al-Aqsa mosque and build temple of Solomon at its site, condemning Zionists’ occupation of Palestine and calling upon the world to block Tel Aviv from demolishing Muslim holy places.
Responding to the protest call by JI Ameer (leader) Syed Munawar Hasan, a number of Ulama and preachers in their congregational addresses condemned the Zionist designs and exhorted the world community to check Israel’s anti Muslim policies.
The JI-led protest rallies against Israel were staged in all major cities including Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Multan etc. Addressing the slogan chanting and banners waving protestors, the JI leaders said demolishing Al-Aqsa mosque was not the sole issue of Palestinians and Arabs alone but was an issue of entire Muslim Ummah which must come up to demonstrate its full backing of the Palestinians.
Syed Munawar Hasan, while delivering Friday sermon at Mansooraj mosque, said that Israel was digging trenches in order to raze Al-Aqsa mosque and give it the look of an accident. He said Zionists had already begun construction of a temple nearby.
The Palestinians, he said, were resisting the Zionist move and were offering their lives for this cause.
He said entire Muslim masses were agonized on the Zionist plan but the Muslim rulers remained unconcerned. In the past, he said, Pakistan used to be the first to raise her voice on the Palestine issue but Pakistani rulers had now become totally indifferent after adopting the maxim of “Pakistan First”.
He said Egypt’s conduct was the worst as she had built an iron wall to stop the Gaza people from entering their country through tunnels dug in order to get the much needed food, medicines and other vital supplies they were denied by a decade long Israeli blockade.
The role of the Muslim rulers, whether Musharraf, or Zardari or any democratic ruler in this direction was condemnable as they all were acting as US slaves, he said. He stressed upon the rulers to take up the issue at the world level. He also urged the media to highlight the issue.
Meanwhile the JI Naib Ameer (deputy leader) and Director of Idara Maaraf-e-Islami, Hafiz Muhammad Idrees, while delivering Friday sermon at Syed Maudoodi Institute mosque, said, “Masjid e Aqsa, the first Qibla of the Muslims, was being threatened by the Zionists’ nefarious designs”.
Both the US and Israel were enemies of Islam and the Muslims and the world peace had been shattered because of their machinations.
He said in Palestine, Hamas was resisting the Zionist plans and the Muslims all over the world must stand at their back.
In Lahore, JI staged a large demonstration outside press club led by Amirul Azeem, the JI city chief and others including Zikrullah Mujahid, Faizul Bari and Javed Iqbal.
Addressing the charged workers chanting anti-Israel and anti-US slogans, Amirul Azeem said entire Muslim masses were on the roads against Israeli occupation of Palestine but the basic responsibility to liberate Palestine and Al-Aqsa mosque was that of Muslim rulers who, unfortunately, had remained a silent spectator to Tel Aviv’s anti-Muslim crimes.
He said if only Muslim rulers unanimously raised the Palestine issue the holy Muslim land would be readily liberated from Zionists’ clutches. He warned against Zionist conspiracies to divide Muslims on the basis of languages, races, color and regions, urging upon Pakistanis to remain united and frustrate such conspiracies.