Tens of thousands of Pakistanis protest against Israeli killings in Gaza

Tens of thousands of Pakistanis took to the streets on Sunday to protest against Israel's offensive in Gaza, calling for jihad (holy struggle) against the Jewish state.

Tens of thousands of Pakistanis protest against Israeli killings in Gaza
Chanting slogans "Down with Israel" and "Down with America", protesters marched in the city of Karachi to denounce the 22-day offensive that killed more than 1,300 Palestinians, Gaza medical officials said.

Pakistani protesters burned effigies of U.S. President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during the rally described as the biggest anti-Israel protest in the mainly Muslim nation.

"It's shame that U.N. and Muslim countries have always been ineffective to protect Muslims from brutalities," Qazi Hussain Ahmed, chief of Jamaat-e-Islami party said.

"We should not rely on the U.S. slaves and stand up against these brutalities," he said, referring to rulers of the Muslim countries.

Israel announced ceasefire in the Gaza Strip on Saturday.

Hamas announced an immediate ceasefire by its fighters and allied groups on Sunday, adding that they gave Israel a week to pull out its troops from Gaza.

People in different cities of Pakistan have been protesting against Israeli massacre in Gaza in recent weeks and Pakistan's National Assembly last week passed a unanimous resolution condemning Israel's military action.

Reuters
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