After India’s strong protest, Palestine government has recalled its ambassador to Pakistan Waleed Abu Ali for attending an event of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, also a UN-designated terrorist.
Asserting that Ali's action was not "acceptable" given the close and friendly ties with India, Palestinian Ambassador to India Adnan said, "The Palestine government has told Ali that he was not anymore its envoy to Pakistan" and given couple of days to pack and return from Islamabad.
He said, "We are supporting India in its fight against terrorism and because of that my Government decided to directly call our Ambassador to go back home."
We are supporting India in its fight against terrorism and because of that my Government decided to directly call our Ambassador to go back home, not to be Palestine ambassador to Pak anymore (for sharing stage with Hafiz Saeed): Palestinian Ambassador to India Adnan Abu Al Haija pic.twitter.com/JMN9b2CXug— ANI (@ANI) December 30, 2017
The Palestinian ambassador to Pakistan had 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, headed by Hafiz Saeed, also Mumbai terror attack mastermind.
India had strongly conveyed to Palestine that the presence of its ambassador to Pakistan at an event of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed.
“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 External Affairs Ministry said.
It said the Palestinian side has conveyed “deep regrets” over the incident and assured India that they are taking serious cognisance of their ambassador’s presence at this event.
“They have said 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.
(With PTI inputs)