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Ved Pratap Vaidik meets terrorist Hafiz Saeed in Pak: Fails to get support back in India
A senior freelance Indian journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik is in the eyes of political storm after he met 26/11 Mumbai mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafeez Saeed in Lahore on July 2.

Vaidik, who was touring Pakistan with a group of journalists and politicians invited by a peace research institute, is known to be a close aide to Yog guru Baba Ramdev and the ruling party at the Centre, the BJP. Saeed, founder of Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba was accused by the Indian government of planning Mumbai attack.

Today in both the houses of the Parliament, Congress-led opposition sternly criticised Vaidik and demanded action from the government against him. The government, however, clarified its position with leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha and finance minister Arun Jaitley saying that the government had nothing to do with Vaidik's meeting with the Saeed.

Vaidik while justifying his meeting said that he was a journalist, thus free to meet anyone. Baba Ramdev also tried to defend Vaidik's meeting while saying that being a journalist he was free to meet anyone. Ramdev also said that Vaidik would have met Saeed to change his heart.

Dr Prem SinghGeneral Secretary of Social Party, India Dr. Prem Singh while criticising Vaidik's justification that being a journalist, he can meet anyone, said, "Vaidik's statement is not justified. It is very sensitive issue. A senior journalist of India is meeting a person who is accused in some biggest terrorist attack (26/11), doesn't sound good to me. The transparency is norm in democracy and in this democracy it is not justifiable. And I really don't know to appease whom such thing had been done? But as I know Vaidik is a controversial person and his ideology hails from RSS only, so he should better come up with good reasons."

Rashid AlviSenior Congress leader Rashid Alvi while talking to us attacked the bravery ballet of Vaidik. He said, "This is really serious issue. The person who had been named as a 'terrorist' for the whole nation and who had killed thousands of people, how can such a senior journalist meet him. What was the need of meeting such person, what is the motive? And if he met him as a journalist then why the interview that he must have taken as a journalist is not published in any news paper. Why don't he reveal what kind of chat he had with Saeed. This meeting has raised question on national security now. It is a very sensitive issue to think about."

Samajwadi Party's National Secretary, Rajesh Dikshit has accused government of supporting Vaidik and for remaining silent while calling it a sensitive issue. He said, "Ved Pratap Vaidik supports RSS and BJP and earlier he was also seen at Modi's rallies in elections as well. It reveals that he deliberately went to Pakistan and met the most wanted terrorist Hafiz Saeed, all his act supported by the government only. And the main thing is Saeed's involvement in Mumbai terrorist attack i.e 26/11. It is quite condemnable that he went there and met him."

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