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Congress creates uproar in RS over ex-scribe’s meeting with Hafiz Saeed, govt says nothing to do with it

Government clarified that it had not sanctioned permission to anyone for meeting Saeed.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: July 14, 2014 12:39 pm
Congress sought statement from the government on the purpose and motive behind the meeting with India's most wanted terrorist. Congress sought statement from the government on the purpose and motive behind the meeting with India’s most wanted terrorist.

Opposition Congress on Monday created uproar in Rajya Sabha over reported meeting of a former journalist considered close to yoga guru Ramdev with 26/11 mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, leading to two adjournments during Question Hour.

Though the government clarified that it had nothing to do with it, Congress members sought a detailed statement on the purpose and motive behind the meeting with India’s most wanted terrorist.

Congress members said it was a matter of national interest and the journalist should have been arrested.

Digvijay Singh (Cong) raised the issue when the House met for the day seeking to know from Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley if the meeting had government’s sanction.

Chairman Hamid Ansari disallowed him from raising the issue saying this was not the occasion for it and took up the Question Hour.

“Please raise the matter appropriately…give notice and you will get an appropriate response. Let the Question Hour proceed,” Ansari said.

“This is Question Hour, a question has been called, allow it to be answered,” he told the members.


But the Congress members persisted with the issue, forcing Ansari to adjourn the House for 15 minutes.

When the House reassembled, Congress members again raised the issue, with senior member Anand Sharma saying that Saeed is the most wanted terrorist not just in India but all over the world.

Congress members kept saying the journalist was a key member of outfits close to BJP.

Sharma wanted to know from the government as to what action it proposed to take and how can it allow an Indian citizen to meet Saeed.

Demanding the arrest of the journalist, he said, “It is a matter of national security. Was the government aware of this meeting and did it seek any information from the Indian High Commission in Pakistan?”

As the uproar continued, Ansari adjourned the House till noon.

Govt didn’t sanction permission: Jaitley

Jaitley responded saying that for India, Hafiz is a terrorist and was indeed involved in terrorism against India.

Government of India has nothing to do with “directly, indirectly or even remotely” with any journalist meeting Saeed, he said.

“Government had not sanctioned permission to anyone for meeting him (Saeed),” he said.

Reports said Ved Pratap Vaidik, a freelance journalist, had met the Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief in Lahore on July 2 while touring Pakistan along with a group of journalists and politicians invited by a peace research institute.

India accuses Saeed, the founder of Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, of orchestrating the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which 166 people were killed. He is on India’s most wanted list and has a bounty of USD 10 million on him.

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    James Bond
    Jul 14, 2014 at 8:16 pm
    Mr.Vaidik should be arrested and given time to change his own heart
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      empty brains
      Jul 14, 2014 at 11:06 am
      Congress lacks any worthwhile idea that it can cling to now... so fights on such silly premises and wastes parliment time..
      1. Santano Fernandes
        Jul 14, 2014 at 6:51 pm
        Opposition should not leave a chance to stall the proceedings and make chaos in the Parliament and see normal business does not function like how BJP was doing with irrelevant and frivolous issues. The opposition should run to the well again and again on silly matters and give hard time to the speaker and the Government even if they get hit by the Marshall and thrown out but keep doing what BJP was doing all the last 10 years not allowing to run the Government, for every drop of hat ask the resignation of the Prime Minister, Parliamentary Minister, Law Minister etc. Keep doing harikiri like how BJP was doing. Pay them with same coin.
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          Rangaesh Gadasalli
          Jul 14, 2014 at 5:04 pm
          This stupid journalist gave a free p for all separatists who were meeting anti India haters in pak. This man gave a free p to a TV station which was glorifying a female suicide bomber, these people are giving free p to an EX PM who said he could not sleep when I saw a mother of a terrorist accused cry! did not the congress and digvijay meet with people who were accused of terror activities? Vaidik should be punished with cancellation of his p port and through journalist ociations.
          1. B
            Jul 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm
            whats the problem with these congress fools...the journalist has clarified time and again that a tv channel in stan had arranged the meet as they were not satisfied with his views on Hafiz Saeed
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