LAHORE – Religious and religio-political parties held demonstrations and rallies outside mosques after Friday prayers across the country including the City to protest against the growing US interference, drone attacks, Abbotabad operation and the resultant killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
During Jumma prayers, khatibs termed the war on terror as assault against Islam and Muslims and warned the US that the menace could not be eradicated without eliminating the root causes. They also stressed upon the rulers in Islamic countries to unite on one platform and fail the nefarious designs of the enemy.
After the prayers, peaceful demonstrations were held outside mosques. The speakers condemned growing US interference, Abbotabad operation and drone attacks. They also condemned the rulers for keeping silent over the direct attack on the sovereignty of Pakistan. The participants were carrying placards and banners inscribed with writings against the US, Pakistani rulers and in the favour of slain Al-Qaeda Chief bin Laden.
Highly charged participants also chanted slogans against the US and favour of Osama bin Laden.
Addressing a Juma congregation at Mansoora mosque, ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hasan warned Washington and her allies that terrorism would not come to an end through a war against Islam and the Muslims. On the other hand, this war would further increase hatred against them, more Osamas would born and the US tyranny, oppression and bias would spread the flames of war to other areas as well.
Syed Munawar Hasan told the Mansoora gathering that even in the past, the US had made false claims of having killed Osama Bin Laden. He said every Muslim longed to be martyred in the way of Allah. Therefore, with the death of one Osama, many more would emerge. However, he said, that the Pakistani rulers’ slavish mentality and begging attitude had lowered the prestige of the country and the nation. Unfortunately, he said, the Muslim rulers did not attach as much importance to the divine injunctions as they did to the orders from Washington – Nation