A day after the Palestinian ambassador to Pakistan Walid Abu Ali had reportedly attended a rally organized by the Difah-e-Pakistan Council headed by Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has defended the participation of the Mumbai terror attack mastermind.
Pakistan MoFA has said: “The Ambassador of Palestine has participated in many of these meetings. The public meeting held on Friday was yet another demonstration of the Pakistani strong sentiments in support of the Palestinian cause.
“This public rally was attended by thousands of people from all walks of life. More than 50 speakers addressed the rally, including Hafiz Saeed. Contrary to the impression being created, UN proscription does not place any restrictions on the freedom of expression.
“The people and Government of Pakistan respect the Palestinian Ambassador’s active participation in events organized to express solidarity with the people of Palestine.
India had strongly taken up with Palestine the issue of its ambassador's presence in Pakistan attending a rally organised by Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief and 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed following which Palestine government recalled Waleed Abu Ali.