Today's 'Palestine March' in Karachi promises a power display by Jamaat-e-Islami

Today's 'Palestine March' in Karachi promises a power display by Jamaat-e-Islami.

  • Today is the JI's Palestine march on Shahrah-e-Faisal.
  • JI says that the Karachi march would be the largest in the world.
  • JI demands that the government do more than criticise and issue remarks.

KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Siraj ul Haq will lead a rally in the city today to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, as the party promises a massive show.

The march will take place on the Shahrah-e-Faisal, one of the city's busiest and most vital thoroughfares. Hafiz Naeem, the head of JI Karachi, paid a visit to one of the city's rally training camps.

"The residents of Karachi will demonstrate that it will be the largest march of any city in the world by participating in it in large numbers," he said.

He explained the rally's intent, saying it will show solidarity with Palestinians and that the dream of a "Greater Israel" will never be realised.

He also urged people to take to the streets today to demonstrate their support for Palestinian brothers and sisters.

Rehman stated that the JI had previously established a Palestine Fund and had invited the general public to contribute to it in order to help their brothers in need.

He said that the liberation of the holy land was a matter of faith as well as life and death for every Muslim, and that the Ummah would not compromise on its liberation.

Unarmed Palestinians were oppressed despite Israel's truce, he claimed. “A representative gathering of the Islamic world must be convened,” he added, adding that Pakistan must take a prominent role in it. He stated, "Palestine is not a political subject, nor is it affiliated with any party or group." “It is a source of concern for the whole Muslim world, and every member of the Ummah should express his or her worry about it.”

He chastised the world's Muslim bloc, saying that more needed to be done on their part to ensure that Palestinians were treated fairly in the face of Israeli aggression.

Naeem also urged the government to go beyond condemning Israel with words, suggesting a gathering of all Muslim army chiefs from around the world to demonstrate unity with Gazans.

The president of the Arts Council Karachi, Ahmed Shah, was called by the JI Karachi leader and invited to join the march.

The JI's minority wing declared that it would join the march with their respective groups, stating that they shared the Pakistani nation's reservations about Palestine.

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