Palestine embassy in Delhi denies reports of ambassador to Pakistan being reinstated

Palestine Ambassador to Pakistan Waleed Abu Ali shared the stage with Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed at a rally Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan Jan 07, 2018, 10.38 AM (IST)

The Palestine Embassy in New Delhi rubbished Pakistan media reports on Palestine reinstated its ambassador to Pakistan,Walid Abu Ali, days after he was called back for sharing the stage with the chief of the Jamaat- ud -Dawa terrorist outfit Hafiz Saeed.

The embassy even questioned the source of this information, saying Walid is very much in Palestine as of now.

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A report in Geo TV surfaced which said Palestine on Sunday reinstated its ambassador to Pakistan.  

Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) chairman Maulana Tahir Ashrafi told Geo News he had requested Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the country’s Chief Justice to reinstate Walid Abu Ali keeping in mind the services rendered by the ambassador to Pakistan.

On December 29, the Palestinian envoy shared the stage with Jamaat-ud-Dawa terror outfit chief at a rally organised by Difa-e-Pakistan Council, an umbrella organisation of hardline right-wing groups, in Pakistani city Rawalpindi.

The next day, Palestine had promptly recalled Walid Abu Ali for attending the rally and violating diplomatic norms.

The rally was organised to protest the US decision of recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Government of India had strongly conveyed to the Palestinian side that the Palestinian Ambassador in Pakistan's association with terrorist Hafiz Saeed was unacceptable.

"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. They have said they will deal with this matter appropriately."India's External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. 

Shortly after recalling its ambassador, Palestine issued an official statement reasserting its "commitment and keenness to maintain strong and friendly relations with the Republic of India."

The statement further outlined Palestine's support to India in "its war against terrorism" and ''terrorist threats'' and called the two nations as "real partners in the war against terrorism."