LAHORE: Hundreds of people stated protest demonstrators in several cities across Pakistan on Friday against Israel’s strikes on Gaza Strip. In Lahore, protesters chanted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greater), “Jihad against Israel” as they marched through the city centre. “The Islamic world failed to take timely action to stop Israeli action on Gaza,” Jamaat-e-Islami leader Liaquat Baloch told the crowd of hundreds.
He blasted the United Nations, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and human rights groups for failing to prevent the “massacre of Palestinians” and called for UN sanctions against Israel. More than 420 Palestinians were killed in Israel’s seven-day-old blitz on the densely populated Gaza Strip, as the Hamas called for a “day of wrath” in solidarity with those killed.
In the southern port city of Karachi, more than 200 protestors rallied outside mosques after main Friday prayers, with some burning an effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as well as Israeli and US flags.
Demonstrators also rallied in the central city of Multan, burning an effigy of Olmert and the Israeli flag.
Pakistan has strongly condemned Israel’s air strikes, calling them counterproductive and urging a stop to the fighting.