KARACHI – The Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) Pakistan on Thursday announced to observe the International Al-Quds Day on Friday across the country on the decree of founder of Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeni.

Addressing a press conference at ISO Karachi divisional office, ISO President Athar Imran announced to mark the Al-Quds day across the country to express solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine and to raise the voice against the illegitimate occupation of Israel.

He informed that the Central Al-Quds rally of ISO will be taken out from Numaish Chowrangi to Tibet Centre Karachi, saying that leaders of political and religious parties will address the rally to support the people of Palestine. Imran brushed aside the impression that Quds Day rally is ISO-specific event.

He said that it is correct that the ISO was the organisation that said yes to the call of Imam Khomeini for observance of international Quds Day. But, he added, gradually, almost all the different organisations started participating in Quds Day rallies. And now, all organisations participate in the International Quds Day rally.

He said he would welcome if Milli Yakjehti Council observe Quds Day. He said that the ISO believes in unity of Muslims therefore participation of the MYC will help strengthen that unity on the eve of Quds Day.

To a question, he said, ISO was not scared of terrorists who had targeted innocent Shias in Quds Day rally in Quetta. He said that people of Quetta defied terrorists and staged Quds Day rally as usual next year.

He said that all Pakistanis are bracing for Quds Day rallies. Answering another question, he said, Hezbollah and Hamas are resisting to the Israeli forces and Syria and Iran are the only two states who support the legitimate resistance in letter and spirit.

He said that conspiracies against Syria and Iran are tantamount to punish them for their support to oppressed Palestinians. He said that Quds Day is a sign and symbol of support to the Palestinians and their supporters.

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