LAHORE: The Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) was observed with traditional solemnity and fervour on Friday to show solidarity with Palestinians, particularly against the backdrop of recent Israeli attacks on Gaza. The day is observed on the last Friday of the month of Ramazan around the Muslim world to stand by the oppressed Palestinians.
Religious organisations held rallies and demonstration on The Mall, Islampura, Mansoora, Chowk Chauburji, Shimla Hill and other areas of the city to protest against the Israeli aggression.
Participants of the rallies held placards, banners and chanted slogans against barbarism of Israeli forces against innocent Palestinians in Gaza.
Imam Khomeini first introduced the Quds Day rallies in Iran in 1979. Thereafter, the Iranian government started sponsoring and organising such rallies annually at international level.
During the First Intifada in January 1987, the Jerusalem Committee of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference decided that Quds Day should be commemorated in public events throughout the Arab world. People in large numbers turn up in countries with significant Shia population, particularly Lebanon where Hezbollah organises Quds Day events.
In the provincial capital, the Imamia Student Organisation (ISO) took out the main rally from Islampura to Punjab Assembly (PA) Hall on The Mall.
Thousand of students and people from different walks of life participated in it. Speaking on the occasion, the ISO president said that Muslim countries should take tough stand against the Israeli aggression against Palestinians.
The Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) also observed the day by arranging rallies in different cities.
Addressing such a rally in Jallo Morr locality, PUC Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi said that the present government has shown sympathy and solidarity with the Palestinians by flying the national flag at half mast on the Quds Day.
The Punjab chapter of Shia Ulema Council also held a rally from the Lahore Press Club to PIA Office near PA Hall on Egerton Road.
Speaking on the occasion, Allama Zulfqar Haider Naqvi said that Muslim community should become united on a single platform to record protest against Israel.
Tanzeem Mashiakh-e-Uzzam Pakistan Chief Sufi Masood Ahmed Saddiqui said that why human rights and peace organisations were silent on killings of innocent Palestinians in Gaza during the past over two weeks.
The Jamatud Dawa also held a demonstration in Chowk Chauburji for showing solidarity with the Palestinians. The Jamaat-e-Islami also arranged a rally at its headquarters in Mansoora on Multan Road to show solidarity with the Palestinians.
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