People from the Shiite school of thought observed Youm al-Quds by organising protest rallies in different parts of the twin cities. The rallies were held in support of the stateless Palestinian people and Kashmiris.
A rally of hundreds of people originated from central mosque in G-6/2, which was joined by many other rallies from different mosques and a shrine.
They marched towards Aabpara Chowk where the protesters criticized Israeli activities and its occupation of Palestine.
They termed Israel a terrorist state. Addressing the rally, the leaders of Jafria Student Organisation, Shiite Ullema Council and others demanded the United States and the United Nations to take serious notice of Israeli atrocities and stop playing double game.
Ulema and khateebs in their Friday sermons said that Al-Quds Al-Sharif is sacred not only in Islam but for the whole humanity.
In Rawalpindi, main Youm Al-Quds Himayat Mazloomin procession was taken out from Imambargah Ashiq Hussain Teli Mohallah.
The participants of the procession were carrying banners and placards inscribed with different slogans in favour of Al-Quds Al-Sharif and against the ‘American-Zionist-Hindu trio’. The protest procession turned into a rally after reaching Committee Chowk.
A resolution adopted on the occasion alleged that despite the fact that Muslim states are laced with wealth and minerals and can strengthen their economy, the ‘colonial powers’ have made the lives of Muslims difficult.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 27th, 2011.