Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Emir Maulana Sirajul Haq Urges Pakistan To 'Declare Jihad Against Israel,' Threatens To March On U.S. Embassy On April 7

March 13, 2024

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Addressing a public rally in support of Gaza, Sirajul Haq, leader of Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islam (JI), has threatened to march on either the U.S. Embassy or the President's House in Islamabad during the "Gaza Million March" that his party has organized to be held on April 7, 2024.

Sirajul Haq told supporters that when Shehbaz Sharif was sworn in as the prime minister of Pakistan, he had hoped that Sharif would say a few words about Gaza, but he did not. The JI emir was highly critical. He said that: "The government should declare jihad against Israel, or allow them to go for the jihad in Palestine. We were with the oppressed of Gaza earlier, and continue to be so today."

According to a report in the Urdu daily, Roznama Express, the Jamaat-e-Islami leader said: "It will be decided on the 27th of Ramadan [April 7, 2024] whether we will turn toward the U.S. Embassy or to the President's House... The amount of explosives used [by Israel] in Palestine was not even spent during the World War."

Sirajul Haq, addressing the anti-Israel protesters, said: "All Western countries sided with Israel, but sadly no one supported Palestine... The Muslims have a right over Al-Aqsa Mosque." He added: "America is a murderer and terrorist country. Today Palestine needs not aspirin [but] real bullets, with which it can eliminate the enemy." 

Criticizing the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for a lack of clarity in its resolution on Gaza, the Jamaat-e-Islami leader asked: "What role have the 123 Muslim militaries performed thus far? Tell us what action the militaries of Muslim Ummah have undertaken for Kashmir and Palestine."

Source: Roznama Express (Pakistan), March 11, 2024.

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