'We Palestinians Condemn Ambassador Sharing Stage With Hafiz Saeed'

02 January, 2018, 03:16 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Palestine envoy attends Hafiz Saeed's rally in Pakistan

The PA's decision appears to have come after India protested the ambassador's presence at the rally, terming it "unacceptable".

"Palestine is keen to maintain good relations with friendly India and supports it for the efforts in its fight against terrorism", the Palestine Foreign Office spokesperson said.

India will strongly take up with Palestine the issue of its ambassador in Pakistan attending a rally organised by Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief and 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed.

"Government of India has strongly conveyed to the Palestinian side that the Palestinian Ambassador in Pakistan's association with terrorist Hafiz Saeed, who is prescribed by the United Nations, is unacceptable", the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. "We are taking up the matter strongly with the Palestinian Ambassador in New Delhi and with the Palestinian authorities", said the MEA on Saturday.

A statement issued by Indian Ministry of External Affairs, according to the report, said the Palestinian side "conveyed deep regrets over the incident and assured the government of India that they are taking serious cognisance of their ambassador's presence" at the event.

". the State of Palestine affirms its stand with the Republic of India in dealing with its terrorist threats, as our nations are real partners in the war against terrorism", the statement said.

Palestine has recalled its Ambassador to Pakistan, Walid Abu Ali, for attending a rally organised by Hafiz Saeed in Rawalpindi on Friday.

What followed was a calculated measure from Palestine, who said, "it was an unintended mistake, but not justified".

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Pakistan's Foreign Ministry defended the envoy, saying it welcomed his "active participation in events organized to express solidarity with the people of Palestine".

"We have seen reports in this regard".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to travel to Palestine in the coming months.

Addressing the rally which was attended by thousands of people, Saeed said India and Israel had formed a coalition that had the USA as a patron.

The ministry said the decision to recall the envoy to Pakistan immediately had been taken "under direct instructions of the President of the State of Palestine".

Saeed's status has always been a thorn in the rocky relationship between Pakistan and India.

Saeed, the founder of Lashker-e-Taiba, is wanted by the United States, which has offered a $10 million reward for his arrest, but Pakistan has refused extradition requests and allows him to operate relatively freely. He did not know the terrorist Hafiz Saeed.

Before attending the Difa-e-Pakistan event in Rawalpindi on Friday, Walid Abu Ali had a meeting with the Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa early this month. He will no longer be Palestine ambassador to Pakistan.



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