Thousands rally in Pakistan in support of Palestinians and against Israel’s bombing in Gaza

Thousands joined the rally in Islamabad to protest against Israel’s attacks in Gaza and to show solidarity with Palestinians. A massive protest was also held in Quetta city on Sunday.

The rally was organized on October 29 by Pakistan’s leading religious political party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).

Initially, JI had planned a march from Islamabad’s Aabpara roundabout to the US embassy in the high-security diplomatic enclave. However, following stringent actions by authorities on Saturday night, when police dismantled the party’s encampments and arrested of local leadership and numerous supporters, the party adjusted its plans. They were allowed to march only to Ataturk Avenue on Embassy Road, away from the protected area.

Jamaat-e-Islami supporters, accompanied by women and children, walked several kilometers to the designated protest site. They carried banners and posters with anti-Israel and anti-U.S. slogans, showing support for the Palestinians. The demonstrators also voiced anti-American sentiments, accusing the U.S. of “backing the aggressor.”

“Just sending medicines and relief goods is neither sufficient, nor is it the sole duty of the world, particularly of Muslim rulers, but to stay the hand of the aggressor is the real task of the world,” said party leader Sirajul Haq. He urged the leaders of the Muslim world to rise up for Gaza, and to rely on God instead of remaining the slave of America.

Quetta Solidarity Protest

Another massive protest was held in the southwestern city of Quetta to show support for Palestinians and protest against Israeli aggression. This rally was organized by another religious party of Pakistan, Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). Addressing the rally, dubbed as the ‘Toofan Al-Aqsa Conference’, JUI-F leader Fazlur Rehman expressed unwavering support and solidarity for the besieged residents of Gaza.

Israeli aggression continues

The rallies were held as the Israeli military intensified its strikes on Gaza from the land, air, and sea. According to Gaza authorities, the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, which started on October 7, has killed more than 8,000 Palestinians.

  • 8005 Palestinians killed, including 3324 children, 2062 women, and 460 elderly.
  • 1870 reported missing, including 1020 children.
  • Around 20,000 injured.
  • Half a million displaced

The majority of the Palestinians who died were women and children, according to the health ministry in Gaza.

Caretaker FM urges for “immediate ceasefire”

Pakistan’s Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani also called on the international community to push for an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza.

“In this hour of darkness we must not lose sight of the plight of innocent Palestinians,” Jilani wrote on social media platform X. “Pakistan calls on Int community to exert pressure on Israel to respect UN Res demanding an immediate cease-fire.”

Pakistan’s UN Ambassador calls for end to war and killings in Gaza

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Munir Akram called the world to play its role in stopping the fight. Criticizing Canada for insisting on naming Hamas alone in the UN resolution and not adding Israel’s name, Akram said: “Only Hamas. Is this balance?”, he asked. “The Israeli occupation is the original sin in this case. It is not what happened on the seventh of October. That is a proximate cause. But the real cause is the occupation of Palestine,” he added.

He urged the backers of the Canadian amendment “not to show that you are biased against the Palestinian people who have suffered 50 years of occupation; that you are even-handed; that you will either name both or you will name neither in this draft resolution.”

“Our purpose is to stop the fighting,” the Pakistani envoy said.

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