Islamabad: Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) headed by Hafiz Muhmmad Saeed organized countrywide protests and rallies in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Hyderabad and Peshawar to show solidarity with Afghan Taliban. JuD continued the tradition to offer funeral prayers in absentia of Al-Qaeda and Afghan Taliban leaders as they did when Al-Qaeda head late Osama Bin Laden was killed in 2011 and later Taliban supreme leader Mullah Muhmmad Umar announced dead last year.
In Peshawar JuD activists offered funeral prayers in absentia for Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour on Friday. Despite his body was not laid to rest and is still in the hands of Pakistani authorities for DNA testing. However, JuD activists offered the prayers within their seminary instead of holding it on the road, only difference from the past.
JuD offered the funeral prayers in absentia of Afghan Taliban leader when it’s ideologically closed religious parties like Jamiat Ulema Islam(s) and Ahal Sunnat Wal Jamat(ASWJ) (Former Sipah e Sihaba) Pakistan declined to hold funeral prayers for Mullah Akhtar Mansour. Although protest was jointly organized by the Pakistan Rah-e-Haq Party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Nazriyati), International Khatm-e-Nabuwat (SAW) Movement and Haq Students Federation.
The demonstration was led by former member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and leader of Pakistan Rah-e-Haq Party, Mohammad Ibrahim Qasmi. The protesters burnt the US flag to express anger at the incident. They were holding banners and placards inscribed with anti-US statements. They were also chanting slogans against the US.
In Islamabad Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) holds a protest in front of its head quarter Jamia Mosque Quba, where central Leader of JuD Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki addressed the protesters, saying that the US had repeatedly violated the sovereignty of Pakistan. US were trying to cover up its failures in Afghanistan and the drone strike was part of a malicious campaign to defame Pakistan, Makki added. The protesters were demanding that US president Barack Hussein Obama should be put behind the Bar for shedding innocent blood.
In Karachi, Hundreds of JuD activists took out a rally on Khalid Bin Waleed Road after Friday prayers. It was addressed by the party’s Karachi chief Dr Muzammil Hashmi. The activists of JuD staged a protest demonstration to condemn the recent US drone attack in Balochistan that killed Afghan Taliban leader Mulla Akhtar Mansour.
In Lahore JuD held a rally in front of its Head quarter Markaz Al-Qadsia where central leaders of Jamat ud Dawa, Saif Ullah Qasoori, Qari Sheikh Yaqob, Maulana Abu al Hashim addressed the participants of rally. Speakers called the US drone strike that killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansor illegal and a violation of the country’s sovereignty.
The major show of street power was witnessed in Sialkot where Jamat ud Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed addressed hundreds of party activists and supporters after Friday prayers at the Allama Iqbal Collage ground. Dawn news reported. He said the United States and its allied forces was actually targeting Pakistan’s atomic programme and such attacks were part of their global design to deprive the country of its nuclear weapons.
“Our nuclear programme has never been accepted by India and western forces and now the development of CPEC [China-Pakistan Economic Corridor] has further worried them. They never want Pakistan to strengthen its defense and develop its economy. They conduct such attacks only to prove their propaganda that Pakistan is no more a safe place to keep nukes,” he said.
Hafiz Saeed said senior leaders of religious parties were gathering in Islamabad on May 30 to chalk out a strategy against the US aggression as well as the role they could play in defending the country’s sovereignty in these challenging hours.
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