Journalist meet Hafiz Saeed: Ramdev defends Ved Pratap Vaidik

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Ramdev defends Ved Pratap Vaidik
New Delhi, July 14: As controversies pile up over journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik's meeting with 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed, yoga teacher Ramdev has come to the defence of his close aide.

Ramdev said that Vaidik met the dreaded terrorist in his capacity as a journalist. "I am sure VP Vaidik tried to change Hafeez Saeed heart, VP Vaidik is a journalist and he can meet anyone, Ramdev said.


Vaidik met Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and India's most wanted terrorist Hafiz Saeed during his recent tour to Pakistan. Vaidik specializes in the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Here is what Vaidik said about the meeting: "I have been meeting all the PMs and President of South Asia from last 45 years. I have never meet anybody as envoy, why should i meet anybody as Modi's envoy. Congress should raise this issue in Parliament and Modi should clarify this." 

"I believe the only way is dialogue, open to meet anyone as a journalist. I contradicted all his statements, discussion was tensed initially,then his views were changed. He had seen my interviews and read my write ups, I met him as a journalist", said Vaidik, admitting that he himself had posted the picture of his with Saeed on social networking site.

I have never been a special envoy for any PM, I am my own envoy, he said, reacting to Digvijay Singh's tweet.



Controvery erupted when Vaidik's photographs with Hafiz Saeed started circulating on social networking websites.

Further, Vaidik revealed details of the meeting to India Tv. Allegedly, Hafiz Saeed asked him about Narendra Modi's wife, to which Vaidik clarified him that Modi is a Brahmchari. According to Vaidik, Saeed told him that Indian media addresses him as terrorist and this fake propaganda also influenced America.

According to Vaidik, Saeed denied that he considers Narendra Modi as an enemy. Hefiz said that Narendra Modi is welcome in Pakistan.

Vaidik's meeting with Saeed has created uproar in parliament. "They can raise the issue in the Parliament but nothing will come out of it", Vaidik said.


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