LAHORE: Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) Amir Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has called upon Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri to include “peace in Palestine” in their charter of demands and press the government to take practical steps to stop the ‘genocide’ of Palestinian Muslims by Israel.
Hafiz Saeed said this in his address to Palestine Unity Caravan from Nasir Bagh to Masjid Shuhda Mall Road, organized by JuD to express solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian Muslims.
Besides holding protests in major cities including Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Hyderabad and Multan, JuD also took out a rally in the provincial capital – “Palestine Unity Caravan” – against the Israeli aggression.
Palestinian Ambassador to Pakistan Waleed Abu Ali, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Secretary General, Liaqat Baloch, Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) President Shafqat Mehmood Chohan, Allama Ahmad Ali Kasuri, and a large number of other religious parties’ leaders also addressed the Palestine Unity Caravan. Hundreds of students, lawyers, traders, motorcyclists and representatives of civil society participated in the protest rally and chanted slogans against Israel and America.
Speaking on the occasion, Hafiz Saeed said that he had written a letter to Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to summon a Muslim Leaders’ Conference, but he restrained only to protests to expressed solidarity with oppressed Palestinian Muslims. He said Muslim countries in the world were facing political crisis and national disintegration and it was all because of their silence on brutal killing of innocent Muslims in Palestine and Kashmir.
The JuD chief said that Israel was an illegal terrorist state and all Muslim countries should unite against it and ensure that it must vanish from the world’s map. “Pakistan is made in the name of Islam, and its atomic bomb also belongs to Islam and must be used as deterrent to save Muslims,’ he added.
In his telephonic address, Palestinian Ambassador to Pakistan Waleed Abu Ali appreciated the efforts of JuD Amir Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in highlighting the Palestine issue not only in Pakistan, but all over the world. He said that Israel was brutally killing innocent Muslims of Palestine, but unfortunately Muslim world was sitting silent. He also criticized the ‘criminal silence’ of United Nations and European Union against the genocide of Palestinians. He said United Nations officials were just making drama on media and practically doing nothing to stop Muslim killings in Gaza.
Liaqat Baloch laid stress that foreign ministers of all Muslim countries should play their constructive and dynamic role to re-invigorate OIC on all contemporary challenges faced by the Muslim Ummah. He also criticized the silence of Muslim leaders on Palestine issue.
Leaders of a large number of other religious parties also addressed the JuD protest rallies. INP