Hundreds of Pakistanis protest meddling in Syria

Pakistanis protest meddling in Syria

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:56:57 GMT

Hundreds of Pakistani lawyers have held a mass protest rally in eastern city of Lahore to protest against a possible US-led military intervention in Syria.

On Tuesday, a large number of lawyers and activists poured into streets of the eastern city of Lahore, chanting anti-American slogans and torching American flags and effigies of US President Barack Obama.

They called on the Muslim nations to collectively confront the US and Israeli conspiracies in the region.

The rally comes as people around the world are staging anti-war rallies against a possible US attack on Syria.

Mass protests have been held in the Occupied West Bank, Jordan, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Tunisia, and Turkey. Anti-war activists have also gathered in front of the White House to condemn President Obama’s policy on Syria.

The call for military action against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.

Damascus has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the chemical attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation.

Senior Syrian officials say the West is seeking to turn Syria into a second Iraq and that the issue of chemical weapons use is only a pretext for war.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced due to the violence.

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