India reacts strongly after Palestinian ambassador shares stage with Hafiz Saeed in rally

New Delhi: India has angrily reacted after Palestine’s envoy to Pakistan joined Jamat-ul-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed at a rally organised by religious groups.

Photos of the Palestinian ambassador to Pakistan, Walid Abu Ali, sharing the stage with Saeed and addressing the rally organised by the Difa-e-Pakistan Council at Liaqat Bagh in Rawalpindi were circulated on social media on Friday. The rally was organised to condemn the US move on Jerusalem.

The development triggered an angry response from the external affairs ministry, with spokesperson Raveesh Kumar saying in a brief statement: “We are taking up the matter strongly with the Palestinian ambassador in New Delhi and with the Palestinian authorities.”

New Delhi backed a UN resolution that denounced Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

The statement noted that the Palestinian envoy had been seen at the rally “organised by the JuD chief and mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack Hafiz Saeed”.

Officials said a strongly worded demarche would be sent to the Palestinian government.


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