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Thousands Protest Jerusalem Move       12/17 11:21

   KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Thousands of Islamists have rallied in two major 
cities in Pakistan to condemn U.S. President Donald Trump for declaring 
Jerusalem Israel's capital.

   Supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in Karachi and advocates of 
U.S.-wanted Islamist Hafiz Saeed in Lahore dispersed peacefully after rallying 
Sunday for the Palestinian cause.

   Protests have persisted in Pakistan since Trump's announcement angered 
Muslims across the world.

   The chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Sirajul Haq, called on all Muslim nations to 
suspend diplomatic ties with the U.S. until it reconsiders its Jerusalem 
decision.

   Hafiz Saeed said that Muslims the world over should put aside any 
differences and unite around the cause of "liberating" Jerusalem.

   Muslim-majority Pakistan has reiterated its support for the Palestinians, 
who claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their hoped-for state.


(KA)

 
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