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Pakistan's Islamic party calls for solidarity with Palestine

Chief of Pakistan’s Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq in Lahore, Pakistan on 13 May 2018 [ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images]
Chief of Pakistan’s Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq in Lahore, Pakistan on 13 May 2018 [ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images]

Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami will observe the next two Fridays as days dedicated to solidarity with Palestine, the group's Chief Sirajul Haq announced on Thursday.

In a statement reported by Anadolu Agency, Haq appealed to the nation and religious scholars to remember Palestinians in their prayers in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"I appeal to Pakistani clerics to highlight Zionist brutalities against the innocent Palestinian Muslims in Friday sermons in mosques and create awareness among the people about the first Qibla of Islam," Haq expressed.

Every year, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan is observed as "Jerusalem Day" in several countries, including Pakistan, to denounce the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem.

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Ahead of Jerusalem Day, banners have been displayed with slogans against the Israeli occupation in all main cities of Pakistan. Political and religious parties have arranged rallies, seminars and conferences to mark Jerusalem Day.

Haq also condemned the Israeli occupation forces for not allowing Palestinians to perform prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

"The main entrance to Al-Aqsa Mosque has been closed for the past several days by Israeli occupying forces restricting the movement of Palestinians," he stated.

It is worth noting that, on Monday, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry condemned the closing of central Jerusalem to Palestinians by Israeli forces since the start of Ramadan.

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