Palestine recalls ambassador to Pakistan who attended rally alongside Hafiz Saeed

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 chose to call back its Pakistan envoy. Haija asserted that Ali's action was not acceptable given the close and friendly ties between India and Palestine.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has recalled its ambassador to Pakistan after he attended a rally in support of Palestine's position on Jerusalem hosted by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who carries a $10m United States bounty on his head for allegedly masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Hours after the New Delhi government protested vociferously to Ramallah, Abu Ali was recalled from his post by the Palestinian Authority. "We are taking upthe matter strongly with the Palestinian ambassador in New Delhi and with the Palestinian authorities", External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

"The Palestinian side has conveyed deep regrets over the incident and assured the Government of India that they are taking serious cognizance of their Ambassador's presence at this event", the external affairs ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

Palestine calls it unintended mistake.

"The public meeting held yesterday was yet another demonstration of the Pakistani strong sentiments in support of the Palestinian cause", said a foreign ministry statement.

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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.

"The State of Palestine highly appreciates India's support in its tireless efforts to end the Israeli occupation and the establishment of an independent State of Palestine on the 1967 boarders with East Jerusalem as its capital and this is especially seen in the honorable position that India has taken by voting in favor of the resolution in the United Nation General Assembly last week", the spokesman said.

India had clarified that it stands for an independent Palestine. Pictures of Abu Ali circulated on social media after he reportedly attended the rally organized by the Difah-e-Pakistan Council in Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi.

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.

Saeed, who was last month set free from a 300-day-long house arrest, has been repeatedly accused by the USA and India of masterminding the 2008 attacks on the Indian financial capital Mumbai that killed 166 people. He did not know the terrorist Hafiz Saeed.

Palestinians deeply value the true voices of solidarity with our struggle for self-determination in Pakistan and India alike, and this solidarity can only be based on a common commitment to freedom, justice and equality as well as respect for global law.

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