NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday denied that the Indian High Commission in Pakistan had any prior information about the meeting between Ved Prakash Vaidik and Hafiz Saeed, even as the Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief tweeted that he would spill the beans on the meeting on Friday.
“We have received a report from the Indian High Commission. The High Commission has categorically stated that they didn’t know about this meeting and, therefore, question does not arise about the High Commission facilitating it,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in the Lok Sabha.
Her statement came after Opposition parties launched a scathing attack on the National Democratic Alliance government “for going soft” on journalist Vaidik who had visited the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in Lahore.
The Opposition parties demanded an explanation from the NDA-led Central government after a Pakistani journalist told Indian television channels that Vaidik was hosted by a High Commission official and that some Pakistani journalists were also invited to the meeting with Saeed.
The External Affairs Minister said the government had nothing to do with either the Pakistan visit of Vaidik, who is close to Baba Ramdev, or his meeting with Saeed.