The leader of the largest religious political party in Pakistan, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUIF), has offered financial support to Hamas and declared his party’s readiness to join the Palestinian militant group on the frontlines in its fight against Israel. Maulana Fazlur Rehman made these remarks during a massive rally in Peshawar, where thousands of people gathered to show solidarity with the Palestinians.
During the Mufti Mahmoud Conference, Rehman stated that if Islamic countries allowed them passage, they would join the fight against Israel alongside Hamas. He also revealed that Hamas had requested financial assistance, and he had promised that the JUIF would provide it.
Rehman criticized Israel’s brutality, stating that the country had crossed the limits of oppression. He called on the Muslim community to take a strong stand against the occupying power. In recent days, the Israel Defense Forces have carried out a devastating bombardment of Gaza in response to Hamas’ attack, resulting in almost 2,000 deaths and the destruction of entire neighborhoods.
While the rally was initially intended to commemorate JUIF’s founder, Mufti Mahmoud, it transformed into a Palestinian solidarity event due to Rehman’s statements and the participation of Hamas diaspora leader Khaled Meshaal via a live video link. Meshaal had previously called on Muslims worldwide to demonstrate their support for Hamas and Palestine.
Rehman and Meshaal also addressed the current situation in Gaza, which the United Nations has warned is turning into a humanitarian catastrophe. In response, Israel ordered the evacuation of 1.1 million Palestinians from northern Gaza within 24 hours and sent ground troops to clear the area. This action forced the already densely populated region’s residents to huddle together under continuous airstrikes. The Israeli government has vowed to deprive the blockaded territory of essential resources, such as electricity, water, and food, until the hostages taken by Hamas are returned. Human rights experts have denounced this collective punishment as a severe violation of international law.
The solidarity with Hamas and Palestine expressed by JUIF and other political parties in Pakistan has garnered support from their followers. Senior figures within Jamaat-e-Islami and former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party have also expressed their support for Hamas during Friday rallies.
As tensions continue to escalate in the region, the international community is closely watching the situation. Many are calling for an immediate ceasefire and a diplomatic resolution to prevent further loss of life and suffering.