New Delhi, Dec 30: Palestine on Saturday recalled its ambassador to Pakistan Walid Abu Ali after a controversy erupted over his meet with the United Nations designated terrorist and mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attacks Hafiz Saeed. India, in a statement, said the meeting with international terrorists was unacceptable. Ministry of External Affairs said Palestine has regretted the meet. Also Read - 5 Members Of Hindu Family Found Dead in Pakistan's Multan With Throat Slit
Palestine’s Ambassador to India Adnan Abu Al Haija said that the ambassador did not Saeed personally. He had gone to Rawalpindi to attend the event which was organised to further the voices of Palestine’s people. “Our Ambassador doesn’t know this person.When he starts speaking,he asks who is this person?Our Ambassador’s speech was after him,he made his speech & left. For us, even with that, it is not accepted and a decision has been taken,” ANI quoted Hajia as saying. Also Read - Pakistan PM Imran Khan Wins Trust Vote in National Assembly
Hajia emphasised that Palestine supports India in its fight against terrorism and Ali will be appointed again. “We are supporting India in its fight against terrorism and because of that my Government decided to directly call our Ambassador to go back home, not to be Palestine ambassador to Pak anymore,” added Hajia. Also Read - Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Lashes Out at Opposition For Making Mockery of Democracy
Earlier, Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday said that Palestine has conveyed regrets over its ambassador’s presence at an event attended by international terrorist and mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attacks Hafiz Saeed.
In a statement, MEA said that India conveyed to Palestine that “such meetings of its ambassador with terrorists is not acceptable”. The statement added that India expressed its unhappiness to Palestinian Ambassador and in Ramallah to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, State of Palestine.
The presence of Palestine’s ambassador to Pakistan at an event in Rawalpindi on December 29 was vehemently criticised. Saeed, the global terrorist carries a bounty of 10 million USD (approx. Rs 66 crore) and continues to exercise a lot of influence in religious circles.