Vaidik, who met Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other leaders of the country, reportedly met Saeed in a high-security venue in Lahore. The JuD chief reportedly expressed a desire to visit Delhi and Mumbai. Saeed is accused of masterminding the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai that killed over 160 people, including several foreign nationals.
Vaidik, who said that Saeed lives amid security even tighter than that of the prime minister of Pakistan, faced criticism in the Indian media and social circles for his meeting with the JuD chief. He, however, defended his meeting with Saeed, saying he was free to meet anybody as a journalist.
The meeting between Vaidik and Saeed took place weeks after the United States imposed a ban on the JuD, the frontal organization of Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba. Saeed criticized the decision, accusing India to be instrumental behind the move.
ved Pratap Vaidik said Hafiz Saeed welcomed Indian PM Modi to visit Pakistan