Vaidik-Saeed meet: PMO says scribe was not representing govt

The row over a meet between senior journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik and Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed does not seem to be dying down.

Updated: Jul 16, 2014, 16:07 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The row over a meet between senior journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik and Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed does not seem to be dying down.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister`s Office tried to distance itself from the controversy, and clarified that Vaidik was not representing the government when he met Saeed, said a news channel.

Earlier in the day, senior Congress leader Kamal Nath demanded a detailed statement from the government on the meet in Parliament.
Mounting pressure on the Narendra Modi government to act against Vaidik for meeting the 26/11 mastermind, BJP ally Shiv Sena today said the Centre cannot just shrug off its responsibility in the matter.

Facing the heat, a cornered government had on Tuesday denounced the yoga guru Ramdev aide`s meeting with the Pakistani terrorist 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.
Vaidik has 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.

Both Monday and till Tuesday afternoon, the government only distanced itself from the controversial meeting, saying it had nothing to do with it.