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Thousands of Pakistanis stage rallies against Trump’s al-Quds decision

17 December 2017 21:45


Thousands of demonstrators have rallied in two major cities across Pakistan, denouncing US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital.”

The massive rallies were organized by supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party in the southern port city of Karachi and advocates of Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and leaders of Difa-e-Pakistan Council in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday.

The angry protesters who carried Palestinian flags and chanted anti-US slogans called on Washington to retract the controversial decision.

Sirajul Haq, the chief of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) called on all Muslim nations to suspend diplomatic ties with the US until it reconsiders its Jerusalem decision.

Leaders of Difa-e-Pakistan Council raise hands during an anti-US and Israel rally in Lahore on December 17, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Addressing the rally in Lahore, Saeed said that the world Muslims should put aside any differences and unite around the cause of “liberating” Jerusalem al-Quds.

Protests have continued in Pakistan since Trump’s controversial announcement angered Muslims across the world.

In recent days, various religious and political groups held anti-Trump protests across Pakistan . The main protest was held last Sunday near the US Consulate in Karachi where the religious activists burnt the US and Israeli flags and chanted slogans.

Pakistani head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) organisation Hafiz Saeed addresses an anti-US and Israel rally in Lahore on December 17, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Trump announced that his administration would recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” and relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds on December 6. That announcement was only welcomed by Israel. Saudi Arabia’s response was also conspicuously muted.

Pakistani activists burn US and Israeli flags during an anti-Trump rally in Karachi on December 10, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Demonstrations were held in protest in the occupied Palestinian territories, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco, and other Muslim countries.

Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami shout slogans as they march during an anti-US and anti-Israeli protest in Karachi on December 7, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) convened an emergency meeting to call on all Muslim nations to respond by pressing the world for the recognition of East Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of a Palestinian state.

Activists of Tehreek e Labaik Pakistan protest during an anti-US and Israel rally in Lahore on December 13, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Israel annexed East Jerusalem al-Quds after it occupied the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the Syrian Golan Heights during the Six-Day War of 1967. That annexation has never been recognized by the international community.

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