Salafi Jamaat-e-Islami holds pro-Palestine rally in Islamabad, Pakistan

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The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) held a protest criticising the stance of the interim government in Pakistan on the situation in Gaza, Dawn News reported on Monday, adding that thousands of protesters gathered on the streets in support of Palestine amid the ongoing Israeli offensive against Hamas.

The report stated the JI mobilised a massive crowd of protesters at Embassy Road, including people from different walks of life including workers and teachers.

JI chief Emir Sirajul Haq lamented the interim government not being proactive amid the situation in Gaza, the report stated, adding that the protesters also questioned the inaction of Muslim rulers saying that the Ummah "would not forgive the rulers of the Islamic world if they failed to take practical steps to safeguard the people of Palestine".

He also called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, demanding that the US withdraw its support for Israel.

"Israel's violation of all international laws and norms and its defiance of the UN General Assembly's call for a ceasefire has been further aggravated by the launch of a ground assault on Gaza," he said.

He expressed concern over the mounting death toll, pointing out the disruption of internet services in the besieged region, according to the report.

Further, according to Dawn News, the party had planned to hold the demonstration outside the US embassy, but the venue was changed after the district administration arrested about 20 party workers on Saturday.

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