Palestine recalls its Pakistan ambassador after India’s anger over his presence at rally with Hafiz Saeed-

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Palestine on Saturday recalled its ambassador to Pakistan after India expressed anger and concern over his presence next to Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed at a rally organised by extremist and radical groups in Rawalpindi.

India issued a strongly worded demarche after photos of Walid Abu Ali sharing the stage with Saeed and addressing the rally organised by the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) were circulated on social media on Friday.

Barely hours after the Indian statement, a Palestinian official told Hindustan Times: “The ambassador has been recalled from Pakistan and asked to report to Ramallah. Palestine is part of the world community and it is committed to fighting terrorism. This shouldn’t have happened.”

The Palestinian ambassador to India, Adnan Abu Al Haij, was quoted as saying that his government supported India “in its fight against terrorism” and had decided to call back its Pakistan envoy.

A statement in Arabic issued by the Palestinian foreign ministry said the envoy in Pakistan was recalled on the “direct instructions” of President Mahmoud Abbas. The envoy’s participation in the rally “in the presence of individuals accused of supporting terrorism is an unintended mistake, but not justified”, it said.

Read: Palestine expresses regret after its Pakistan envoy spotted with Hafiz Saeed

A statement issued by India’s external affairs ministry 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 rally. It said that the Palestinian side had conveyed that it “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”.

The envoy’s presence at the rally came barely 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. The countries disregarded Trump’s threat to cut aid to the countries that voted for the resolution.

India and Palestine are also discussing a possible visit to Ramallah by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February – seen by some here as a conciliatory gesture in connection with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to India in January. If Modi’s visit goes ahead, it will be his first to Palestine.

India formally conveyed its concerns about Walid Abu Ali’s “association with terrorist Hafiz Saeed, who is proscribed by the United Nations”, to the Palestinian ambassador in New Delhi and to the minister of foreign affairs in Ramallah.

Saeed used Friday’s “Tahafuz Baitul Maqdas” rally to launch a broadside against India and to rake up the Kashmir issue by linking it to Palestine. “We consider it our prime responsibility to liberate Kashmir from India. We will free Kashmir in fulfilment of Jinnah’s dream,” he said, speaking in Urdu.

Saeed also referred to the controversial meeting between Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national sentenced to death by Pakistan for alleged spying, and his wife and mother in Islamabad on December 25.

“Pakistan let the family of Kulbhushan meet him out of kindness and goodwill, but India sent them with spy devices,” he claimed.

The rally featured several jihadi leaders, including Saifullah Khalid of the Milli Muslim League, a political party formed by Saeed, and Abdul Rehman Makki of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) The event was attended by thousands, including members of the JuD.

The DPC is a grouping of some 40 extremist and jihadi groups that was formed by Hafiz Saeed and other extremists in 2012. It has campaigned for long for snapping ties with India and the US.
 

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Pakistan should protest to these delusion Palastine government accusing Paksitani for terrorist..Don't know what to say more..They consider India more important then Pakistan who deluded themselves with fake obsessions
 

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We should send back whoever the next ambassador is..If there is some shame left to our authorities..
Arafat was a big pal of Indira Gandhi. Basically its no go area (since that precedence set) for Palestine to harm relations with India...you are right Pakistan will only be respected if it respects its own position and stances first....which is lacking. Long overdue for Pakistan to change that.....and relations will genuinely improve across the board too, rather than have the large buffer of fakery and optics etc.
 

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Will that change the precipitation at a local level?
Unfortunately not we will continue to peruse such dubious policy and response to such type of reactions..Vocal Media is also silent and keeping the lips tight not to speak on..Had there been any change in any perception they would have recall there ambassador from Palestine or decline to accept any new appointment and closed there embassy in Pakistan ..
But this is good in disguise as some time a reality check is necessary ..
 
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Arafat was a big pal of Indira Gandhi. Basically its no go area (since that precedence set) for Palestine to harm relations with India...you are right Pakistan will only be respected if it respects its own position and stances first....which is lacking. Long overdue for Pakistan to change that.....and relations will genuinely improve across the board too, rather than have the large buffer of fakery and optics etc.
Spot on it started from Arafat and with the fact that New dehli recognized PLO "the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people" and a PLO office was set up in the Indian capital in 1975..
We have such feeble response on this issue with mild statement from FO "
"Meanwhile, the Foreign Office said that Pakistan’s unambiguous and steadfast support for the Palestinian cause was well known.

In response to media queries about the Palestinian ambassador’s participation in the public meeting, the FO spokesperson said that Pakistan had always supported the two-state solution, with East Jerusalem, the capital of the Palestinian State. Pakistan’s unequivocal position was demonstrated in the rejection of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Since then a number of rallies and meetings have been held in Pakistan, the official was quoted as saying in a press release.

He pointed out that Ambassador Ali had attended many of these meetings. The public meeting held on Friday was yet another demonstration of Pakistan’s strong sentiments in support of the Palestinian cause. The rally was attended by thousands of people from all walks of life. More than 50 speakers addressed the rally, including Hafiz Saeed. Contrary to the impression being created, the UN proscription does not place any restrictions on the freedom of expression.

“The people and government of Pakistan respect the Palestinian ambassador’s active participation in events organised to express solidarity with the people of Palestine,” the spokesman said."

While nothing on the topic that not only MOFA recall its ambassador they directly label Hazifz Saeed as terrorist.Right or wrong this was not there prerogative , indirect calling Kashmir resistant as terrorist which is against the Pakistan fundamental core foreign policy principle .
Support from Pakistan is taken as granted that is the reason they don't care..Should Pakistan do it other way you will see the reaction will change..There is no problem in recalling ambassador but the choice of words are humiliating what if Pakistan issue statement ""Pakistan supports Israel's war on terrorism"
Our unconditional support to Palestine should end
 
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That was very uncalled for. Now Pakistan should abstain from UN future voting regarding Palestine.
 

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