ISLAMABAD - Jamaat-ud-Dawa Chief Hafiz Saeed has promised bigger protests across country over Jerusalem and urged the government to convene a conference of Muslim states.
“Pakistan should take the lead, being the only nuclear state of the Islamic world,” Saeed said.
Hitting the road in Quetta, various religious parties including the JI, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and the Majlis-e-Wahdat-ul-Muslim (MWM), condemned the US decision of recognising Jerusalem as capital of Israel and shifting there its embassy from Tel Aviv.
After Friday prayers, supporters of the JI and the MWM marched in a rally, which culminated into a demonstration in the Bacha Khan Chowk where they chanted full-throated slogans against the US and Israel. The protesters also burnt US and Israeli flags and an effigy of Trump.
“Today not only in Quetta but around the world Muslims are protesting against this anti-Muslim move,” Zahid Akhtar, the JI District Ameer told the protesters. “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine, and Israel has occupied the city for many decades… we will never let it happen.”
Alama Hashim Moosvi, the Balochistan chief of the MWM, said Trump’s decision had exposed the US bigotry towards the Muslim world. “Now it is time to unite against the US and Israel, against [their] anti-Muslim behaviour,” he said. “We will protect Masjid al-Aqsa.”
The JUI-F demonstration was held in Manan Chowk. The protesters carried banners and placards inscribed with the slogan “Death to America”. On the occasion, the JUI-F leaders warned that the US decision would stoke tension in the Middle East that would affect the US one day.