Pales­tine re­calls Pak en­voy

Af­ter In­dia is­sues de­marche on his pres­ence in Saeed's rally

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In­dia on Satur­day is­sued a strong de­marche to Pales­tine on the is­sue of pres­ence of its am­bas­sador to Pak­istan at an event of JuD chief and Mumbai ter­ror at­tack master­mind Hafiz Saeed, terming it as "un­ac­cept­able". In­dia's Sec­re­tary (eco­nomic re­la­tions) Vi­jay Gokhale in the ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry called Pales­tinian am­bas­sador here Ad­nan Abu Al Haija to the South Block af­ter which the min­istry said, "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."

"Gov­ern­ment of In­dia has strongly con­veyed to the Pales­tinian side that the Pales­tinian Am­bas­sador in Pak­istan's as­so­ci­a­tion with ter­ror­ist Saeed, who is pro­scribed by the United Na­tions, at an event in Rawalpindi on 29.12.2017, is un­ac­cept­able," the min­istry said in a re­lease. It 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.

"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 gov­ern­ment takes note of

the as­sur­ances given by the Pales­tine en­voy, who in­formed In­dia that his gov­ern­ment had de­cided to re­call its Am­bas­sador to Pak­istan Walid Abu Ali.

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. Pales­tinian am­bas­sador to Pak­istan Ali re­port­edly at­tended the Di­fah-e-Pak­istan Coun­cil- or­gan­ised rally in Li­aquat Bagh in Rawalpindi on Fri­day. Di­fah-e-Pak­istan Coun­cil is an as­so­ci­a­tion of re­li­gious and ex­trem­ist groups in Pak­istan, headed by Saeed.

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