Different religious and political groups held protests in Karachi against the recent decision by the US to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. They also burnt flags of Israel and the US and chanted slogans.
The main protest on Sunday was held near the US Consulate in Karachi, which caused massive traffic jams in the downtown area of the metropolis, as several arteries were closed particularly in the South district leading to the American consulate.
The police, preventing the protesters from moving toward the consulate, placed containers and created temporary hurdles.
Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM) started their protest rally from Numaish Chowrangi on main M.A. Jinnah Road, travelling through various routes before arriving on M.T. Khan Road.
The MWM leaders accused that if Arab states had not “colluded” with the US, Trump would not have “dared to declare the Muslims’ first Qibla as the capital of a Jewish state”.
They added that US president has violated the international law.
They were of the opinion that since the Arab states were major recipients of US’ arms, their [Arab’s] possible decision of ending diplomatic ties might force Trump to take back his decision.
They also asked the Muslim rulers to go beyond their narrow interests and chalk out a joint future line of action.
Moreover, Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan also took out a rally from Bahadurabad Chowrangi to Numaish roundabout and denounced the decision of declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Meanwhile, Difa-i-Pakistan Council took out a rally, which started from Safari Park on main University Road and culminated at Islamia College near Jail Chowrangi, against the US president.
Separately, Pakistan People’s Party (Shaheed Bhutto group) also held protest demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club.