Cornered government condemns Vaidik-Hafiz meet, seeks report

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New Delhi: Facing opposition heat, a cornered government denounced yoga guru Ramdev aide Ved Pratap Vaidik’s meeting with Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed and sought a report from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

The government’s disapproval of the meeting with a man wanted in India came as an unrelenting opposition took on the Narendra Modi government in both houses of parliament, leading to repeated disruptions.

For the second consecutive day, Vaidik claimed he met Saeed – the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack and one of three terrorists India freed in 1999 after an Indian Airlines planed was hijacked – as a journalist.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha: “The government totally disapproves of this meeting of Ved Pratap Vaidik… The government condemns this meeting with the Mumbai terror attack accused.”