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Did Indian High Commission in Pak facilitate Vaidik-Saeed meet, asks Rahul Gandhi

"The question is did the Indian embassy facilitate the gentleman (Vaidik) or not," said Rahul Gandhi.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: July 15, 2014 11:52 am
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi at Parliament in New Delhi on Monday. (Source: PTI) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi at Parliament in New Delhi on Monday. (Source: PTI)

Describing journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik as an “RSS man”, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday questioned whether the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had facilitated the meeting between him and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed.

“The question is did the Indian embassy facilitate the gentleman (Vaidik) or not. We are curious to find out if Indian embassy has facilitated this event.

“If they helped this gentleman in any way. That’s what we are curious about,” the Congress Vice President told reporters.

A row has erupted over the meeting of Vaidik, considered close to yoga guru Ramdev, with Saeed with the journalist rejecting suggestions made by Congress that he might have acted as government’s envoy.

Vaidik had met the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, said to be the parent organisation of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, in Lahore on July 2 while touring Pakistan along with a group of journalists and politicians invited by a peace research institute.

“Ya he is an RSS man. That’s a known fact,” Gandhi said to a question about Vaidik.

Congress has targeted the Prime Minister’s Office over the meeting alleging its “direct involvement” and asked the government to “come clean” on the issue.

Congress leaders had also on Monday raised in Parliament and outside the issue of Vaidik meeting Saeed, saying the journalist was “very close to Sangh parivar” and rejected the government’s contention that it had nothing to do with the meeting.

“Vaidik belonged to the same organisation Vivekananda International Foundation, whose three members Nripendra Misra, P K Mishra and Ajit Doval are working for the Modi government as Principal Secretary, Additional Principal Secretary in PMO and National Security Advisor (NSA) respectively,” party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed had said at the AICC briefing.



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    Anuradha Kalhan
    Jul 15, 2014 at 10:37 am
    Very interesting! What on eart was he discussing with Mr Saeed ?Vivekanand Insute is surely the new Harvard where people go through considerable hard work.
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      gina kramer
      Jul 15, 2014 at 9:10 am
      there's one thing that rahul, his family and his pack must understand. when reps. of 2 extreme groups with extreme ideologies meet up, it is more likely to talk peace. rahul and his mother's might be telling people that they are going for important economic discussions and cancer treatment respectively, but instead, visit overseas girlfriend (rahul) and shares' talks with private companies (sonia) in usa respectively. in fact, if the 2 dudes - rss and extremist - had indeed talked in istan, indians must be happy about it as it could very well be the beginning of peace in the country. probably, rahul's not too happy with that?
      1. R
        Jul 15, 2014 at 3:19 pm
        This is what ails the Indian Political parties....does this freelance journalist meeting a terrorist affects the common man in the country...or does all this usless Tamashaas enacted by joker Rahul and & Digvijay's improve the county's ailing econony of make changes to the life of common man or the aspiting youth of the country?....silly people found some silly issues. Same is the case in Tamil Nadu...a learned judge should not have violtaed the rules created by the cricket club by wearing dhothis...it is a private club & they have the right...will this silly judge step into the courtroom to preside wearing the dhothi...he knows he will be fired for violating the rules...he wants to create a controversy and be in the limelight...people invent ways to be in news and the silly Tamil politicians wasting public money and inconvenience public by their tantrums...these are all parties that had been rejected by public for not being farsighted. Shame! cheap politicians...find some other career.