Massive march in Karachi backs Palestinian struggle

Karachi: Thousands of Shiites, shouting anti-US and anti-Israel slogans, marched through Karachi to express solidarity with the Palestinian liberation movement.

The march was organised by the Imamia Students Organisations to mark the Al Quds Day with Palestinians.

Around 4,000 to 5,000 youngsters, carrying placards and banners, participated in the rally, which started from Old Exhibition Centre (Purani Numaish) and ended peacefully at a busy square of Saddar area.

"Down with America" and "Down with Israel," the participants shouted.

Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary rangers threw a security ring around the rally to prevent any terror attack by extremists who in the past have targeted worship places and religious processions of the Shiites.

"Destroy the unholy state of Israel," and "Victory belongs to the Palestinians," they said.

Meanwhile the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) also staged a rally outside the Binori Town mosque in Karachi to express solidarity with the Palestinians.

"The United States and Israel are writing a new chapter of terrorism in the world history," Senator Ghafoor Ahmed told hundreds of supporters.

"They are using their latest weapons to kill innocent people," he said.

Ghafoor also condemned the Israeli government for not allowing the burial of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in occupied Jerusalem.

Other speakers including Hasan Turabi and Hafiz Mohammad Taqi slammed the government's decision to side with the United States in the war on terrorism.

The rulers are killing and bombing people in the name of the war on terrorism, they said.

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