Palestine recalls Pakistan envoy after he shares stage with Hafiz Saeed


Palestine has decided to recall their envoy from Pakistan after he shared stage with Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of 26/11 terror attacks in Pakistan.

India had termed the development as “unacceptable” prompting Palestine to express its “deep regrets” about the incident. The development assumed significance in light of India voting against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital at the United Nations.

The Indian External Affairs Ministry had said in a statement, “Government of India has strongly conveyed to the Palestinian side that the Palestinian Ambassador in Pakistan’s association with terrorist Hafiz Saeed, who is proscribed by the United Nations, at an event in Rawalpindi on December 12, is unacceptable.”

“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 statement added.

The MEA said that the Palestinian side had ‘conveyed deep regrets over the incident and assured the Government of India that they are taking serious cognizance of their Ambassador’s presence at this event.’

“They have said they will deal with this matter appropriately,” it added.

Palestine Ambassador to Pakistan Waleed Abu Ali on Friday had shared the stage with Jamaat-ud-Dawa terror outfit chief, Saeed, at a gathering organised by Difa-e-Pakistan Council, an umbrella organisation of hardline right-wing groups.

India’s Secretary (economic relations) Vijay Gokhale in the external affairs ministry called Palestinian ambassador here Adnan Abu Al Haija to the South Block.

Talking to PTI after his meeting, Haija said Ali has been recalled for attending the rally organised by Saeed. Asserting that Ali’s action was not “acceptable” given the close and friendly ties between India and Palestine, the top envoy said Ali has been given couple of days to pack and return from Islamabad.

“The Palestine government has told Ali that he was not its envoy to Pakistan anymore,” Haija said.