Palestine recalls its Envoy to Pakistan

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Palestine Envoy with Hafiz Saeed

In the wake of serious concerns raised by the India, Palestine Government has decided to recall its Ambassador to Pakistan, Walid Abu Ali, for sharing stage with Hafiz Saeed. This has been confirmed by the Palestinian Ambassador to India Adnan Abu Al Haija.

India has strongly conveyed to Palestine that the presence of its ambassador to Pakistan at an event of Jamat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed, also a United Nations-designated terrorist, is ‘unacceptable’, the External Affairs Ministry said today. ‘The concerns were conveyed both in New Delhi to the Palestinian Ambassador and in Ramallah to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, State of Palestine,’ the ministry said in a release.

The statement also said that the Palestinian side has conveyed ‘deep regrets’ over the incident and assured India that they are taking serious cognizance of their ambassador’s presence at this event. “They have said that they will deal with this matter appropriately. It was also conveyed that Palestine highly values its relationship with India and stands with us in the war against terrorism, and will not engage with those who commit acts of terror against India,” it said.

The government takes note of the assurances given by the Palestine side, it said. Palestinian ambassador to Pakistan Waleed Abu Ali reportedly attended a rally organized by the Difah-e-Pakistan Council in Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi on Friday. Difah-e-Pakistan Council is an association of religious and extremist groups in Pakistan, which is headed by Saeed.

Hafiz saeed is also the Mumbai terror attack mastermind which had killed around 160 members and injured few hundreds.