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Palestine recalls ambassador to Pakistan after controversy erupts over his appearance with Hafeez Saeed

Palestine recalls ambassador to Pakistan after controversy erupts over his appearance with Hafeez Saeed

India Blooms News Service | | 30 Dec 2017, 07:32 pm

New Delhi, Dec 30 (IBNS): After a major controversy erupted when Palestinian ambassador to Pakistan shared stage with 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafeez Saeed during an event in Rawalpindi city, the country has decided to recall its envoy from the south Asian nation, media reports said.

India, earlier, lodged its displeasure to the Palestinian authorities over the sharing of dais by the country's ambassador Hafeez Saeed during the event in the Pakistani city on Friday.

India told Palestinian authorities that the move made by the ambassador was 'unacceptable'.

On Friday, Walid Abu Ali, Palestine ambassador to Pakistan, made a public appearance and shared stage with Saeed during a rally called by the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind in the Pakistani city.

Voicing displeasure, India's Ministry of External Affairs 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 29.12.2017, 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 Palestinian side has 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 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 statement further said: "We take note of the assurances given by the Palestine side."

According to reports,  Difa-e-Pakistan Council, a coalition of hardline Islamic parties in Pakistan, held the rally in Rawalpindi, reports said.

The Palestinian envoy to Pakistan was reportedly seen sharing the stage with Saeed at the event.

This comes just days after India voted against the US and in favour of Palestine during the UN resolution that declared Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital 'null and void'.

India had said that its position on Palestine is "independent and consistent."