Palestinian pain for India

Palestinian pain for India

Palestinian pain for India

Hajia emphasised that Palestine supports India in its fight against terrorism and Ali will be appointed again.

Palestine on Saturday recalled its envoy to Pakistan for sharing the stage with 26/11 terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed, with President Mahmoud Abbas directly intervening to order the recall after India strongly protested the envoy's action as "unacceptable".

In New Delhi, Palestine's envoy Adnan Abu Alhaijaa said that there were some politicians and parliamentarians attending the event.

"On the basis of the principled and firm Palestinian position, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates considered the participation of our ambassador in Pakistan in a mass rally in solidarity with Jerusalem, held in Rawalpindi on Friday and in the presence of individuals accused of supporting terrorism is an unintended mistake, but not justified".

MEA 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.

"The spokesman for the Palestinian Foreign Ministry stresses the commitment of the State of Palestine and its keenness to maintain good relations with the friendly Republic of India, as well as its support for the efforts of the Republic of India in its war against terrorism", noted the Palestinian foreign ministry's statement.

The Palestine action came after its envoy Waleed Abu Ali attended a rally organised by United Nations designated terrorist and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed in Rawalpindi on Friday.

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Palestine on Saturday recalled its ambassador to Pakistan who attended a pro-Palestinian rally alongside Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) Emir Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, according to a statement issued by its foreign ministry.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to visit Palestine in early 2018, and the decision of the Palestinian diplomat to support one of India's most wanted terrorists could have cast a shadow on the plans for the visit. "We are supporting India in its fight against terrorism and because of that my Government chose to directly call our Ambassador to go back home, not to be Palestine ambassador to Pak anymore", added Hajia.

In a stern statement on Friday night, the MEA said it would take up the matter "strongly", and had called in Ambassador Al Haija to deliver the message.

While regretting Ali's presence at the Saeed event, Alhaijaa said the envoy had gone for an Al Quds (Jerusalem) conference.

India was particularly incensed as the development came less than 10 days after India joined 127 other members of the United Nations to back a resolution criticising US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Saeed denies involvement in the 2008 attacks, and Pakistan says India has not provided enough evidence to charge him. India had chose to vote along with the principled position taken by New Delhi for the last seven decades, despite the BJP-led NDA government taking steps to strengthen bilateral relations with Israel. He will no longer be Palestine ambassador to Pakistan.

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