JI holds Million March in KarachiAugust 16, 2014
KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) held Gaza Million March in Karachi on Sunday against Israeli attacks on Palestinians in Gaza and for expressing solidarity with the oppressed people. It condemned the UN and world community’s silent role over the issue and asked the Muslim world to play its due role for helping the Palestinians.
A large number of JI workers, leaders and supporters, including women and children, participated in the march taken out on Shahrah-e-Faisal from Baloch Colony to FTC Building. Some leaders of PPP, PML-N and other parties also joined the march.
The participants, carrying placards and banners, were chanting pro-Hamas slogans and condemning Israeli brutal attacks against innocent people of Palestinians.
Addressing the participants, JI Ameer Sirajul Haq said that many politicians were of the opinion that people would hesitate to participate in Gaza Million March because two marches were being staged in the capital city but, the presence of an uncountable number of people was an open expression of their true concerns.
He condemned Israel’s occupation on Palestine and questioned the silence of Islamic countries and the United Nations. While praising Hamas’s resistance against Israeli massacre, he said that the silence of Islamic countries was questionable despite having world’s biggest oil reserves, resources and armies.
“I have written letters to Saudi King, Iranian government and also met Nawaz Sharif to play their role for helping Palestinians,” he said. He appealed to General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff that Pakistani Army should play a role of guardian for the protection of other Islamic societies as Pakistan was achieved on Islamic ideology.
The former Member National Assembly (MNA) Abdul Qadir Patel, while representing PPP and praising JI’s march, called on Islamic countries to hold conference of Organization of Islamic Corporations (OIC). Moreover, he urged politicians to be more concerned about the real issues of IDPs, Zarb-e-Azb and Gaza issue.
He said that there would no compromise on democracy and constitution.
The opposition PPP leader, Khurshid Shah, urged governing party to hold OIC conference in wake of Gaza issue. He said that Pakistan was the first country which recognized the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1974.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Sindh Leader, Nihal Hashmi, on the occasion, termed the issue of Gaza, the matter of entire Muslim Ummah and stressed for its early solution.
Former Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami, Syed Munawar Hassan, regretted that despite 56 Islamic states, having resources, atomic power and rich in natural resources, the blood of Muslims was shed routinely. Moreover, he expressed his grave concerns over silence of Muslim world over Gaza Issue.
On the occasion, Haq announced, while receiving Rs 5 lakh cheque for Gaza Fund from JI students wing, that JI had already sent a fund of Rs 50 million, convoy of paramedics staff and six ambulances for the people of Gaza.
He said that JI wanted electoral reforms and transparency in electoral process and termed the election in Karachi as a plunder of public mandate. He further said that both leaders, including Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan, believed in the supremacy of constitution and ultimate solution would surface soon.
At the end of protest, American and Israel flags were set on fire by crowd which chanted slogans against America and Israel.