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Palestine recalls envoy over IPSF demand to sack him for sharing dais with Hafiz Saeed


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New Delhi

Palestine recalled its ambassador to Pakistan who had shared the stage with 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed after an angry India told Palestinian authorities that its ambassador’s association with the designated terrorist was “unacceptable”.

The ambassador’s recall came hours after the Palestine conveyed its “deep regrets” for the envoy’s decision and assured 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,” a foreign ministry statement on Saturday said. The decision to recall Palestinian ambassador to Pakistan, Walid Abu Ali, came soon after.

On Friday, Walid Abu Ali had made a public appearance at a rally called by Hafiz Saeed, also a key leader of Difa-e-Pakistan Council, a coalition of more than 40 political and religious parties. Friday’s meeting was aimed at pressing Pakistan government to convene an Islamic Summit Conference against the transfer of Israeli capital to Jerusalem.

Riled at the Palestinian envoy lending credibility to Hafiz Saeed who had orchestrated numerous attacks on India and had a bounty on his head for his involvement in terrorist activities, New Delhi had, within hours of the rally, declared India would “strongly” convey India’s views to the Palestinian Ambassador to India as well as the Foreign Minister in the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the central West Bank.

At these meetings today, Palestine reassured India that it “stands with us in the war against terrorism” and would not “engage with those who commit acts of terror against India”, foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a statement later.

The envoy’s presence at Hafiz Saeed’s rally came just days after India, in sync with Palestinian sentiments, voted in the United Nations General Assembly to oppose the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The India-Palestine Solidarity Front (IPSF) on Saturday strongly condemned the Palestinian Ambassador to Pakistan, Waleed Abu Ali, for sharing the dais with JuD chief and mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks Hafiz Saeed.

“We demand that the government of President Mahmoud Abbas condemn and sack the envoy (Waleed Abu Ali) for sharing a platform with Hafiz Saeed, an internationally reviled and known hardcore terrorist,” the IPSF said in a statement.

The statement is released by the IPSF National Committee members Suresh Khairnar, Kishor Jagtap, Jatin Desai, Feroze Mithiborwala.

“The fact that this reprehensible act comes soon after the historic UNGA vote where the Government of India stood by Palestine and negated President Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem is even more shocking,” the IPSF said.

It pointed out that “India has consistently voted in favour of Palestine and stood by all UN Resolutions and the overwhelming international consensus favouring an independent and sovereign Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as the capital.”

“On the other hand the global solidarity movement for the cause of Palestine continues to gather momentum. Thus any such unprincipled actions on the part of the Palestinian representatives, will only damage the cause of the liberation of Palestine in their courageous struggle against the colonial occupation by apartheid Israel,” the signatories said.

On Friday, Waleed Abu Ali courted controversy by sharing a stage with the terror outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Saeed at a gathering organized by Difa-e-Pakistan Council, an umbrella organization of hardline right-wing groups.

India on Saturday reacted strongly to the development and plans to take up the matter with the Palestinian Ambassador to India and the Palestine authorities, according to Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

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