FO rejects Indian objection to Palestinian envoy's appearance with JuD chief in rally

Published: December 31, 2017
Hafiz Saeed share the stage with Palestinian envoy. PHOTO COURTESY: HINDUSTAN TIMES

Hafiz Saeed share the stage with Palestinian envoy. PHOTO COURTESY: HINDUSTAN TIMES

In response to Indian reaction over Palestinian envoy joining Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed at a rally, Pakistan has said that the public meeting was a demonstration of Pakistan’s strong sentiments in support of the Palestinian cause and that UN proscription does not limit an individual’s freedom of expression.

Pictures of the Palestinian ambassador to Pakistan, Walid Abu Ali, sharing the stage with Saeed and addressing the rally at Liaqat Bagh in Rawalpindi were circulated on social media on Friday.

The rally was organised by the Difa-e-Pakistan Council to denounce US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

According to the Hindustan Times, India’s External Affairs Ministry planned to send a “strongly worded demarche” to the Palestinian government. “We are taking up the matter strongly with the Palestinian ambassador in New Delhi and with the Palestinian authorities,” the newspaper quoted ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar as saying.

India angry as Palestine envoy shares stage with Hafiz Saeed

“The people and Government of Pakistan respect the Palestinian ambassador’s active participation in events organised to express solidarity with the people of Palestine,” Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said in a statement.

The FO said that the public rally held on Thursday was attended by thousands of people from all walks of life, and more than 50 speakers addressed the rally, including Saeed.

“Contrary to the impression being created, UN proscription does not place any restrictions on the freedom of expression,” the communique read.

Pakistan, it said has always supported the two state solution, with East Jerusalem, the capital of the Palestinian State.

Saeed, a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, was released from detention last month after the Lahore High Court rejected the government’s request seeking further extension in his house arrest. The review board of the High Court said there was not sufficient evidence to keep the JuD chief under house arrest.

He and four of his aides were detained in January this year after the government told a court they presented a threat to peace and security. The move was largely attributed to US pressure.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Anz
    Dec 31, 2017 - 1:44AM

    OH I See.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Dec 31, 2017 - 3:21AM

    So even Palestine don’t care about Pakistan. They immediately obliged to India !!Recommend

  • Komal S
    Dec 31, 2017 - 8:31AM

    Palestinians have answered India’s concerns. Pakistani FO can say what they want.Recommend

  • rk singh
    Dec 31, 2017 - 9:15AM

    FO is not aware that the Palestinian envoy has been called back? What a joke.Recommend

  • Asif
    Dec 31, 2017 - 9:17AM

    Palestine announced that it has recalled its envoy to Pakistan. Recommend

  • Pnpuri
    Dec 31, 2017 - 9:37AM

    Can Pakistan foreign office speak for Palestine? Certainly not. Palestine government have recalled the ambassador .Recommend

  • kong
    Dec 31, 2017 - 10:01AM

    Reading the headlines, why has Palestinian envoy been recalled?Recommend

  • Sad but true
    Dec 31, 2017 - 12:43PM

    Seems Palestinians disaproved Pakistan’s version and chose India. Recommend

  • Clever Indian
    Dec 31, 2017 - 4:11PM

    Damage is already done. Deep down we all know where the solidarity truely lies.Recommend

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