New Delhi- Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Saturday maintained that the meeting between senior Indian journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik with Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed was a private one between the two.
Speaking on the sidelines at an Iftaar party here in Pakistan High Commission, Basit said, "That meet was private, I can't talk about it."
To another question the Pakistani envoy replied, "Efforts should be to find long standing solution to Kashmir issue; I hope our two nations will strengthen our relations in coming time."
Yesterday while speaking to the media Basit categorically ruled out his country's government and Government of India having any knowledge about the Vaidik-Saeed meet.
Vaidik has openly accepted that he had met Hafiz Saeed and had said that he is ready to share all records of his meetings in Pakistan.
During his interview with Hafiz Saeed on July 2 he had given a statement about Kashmir that it should be made an independent country. The comment raised lot of controversy as to how can he talk about separating the state from the nation, on which he later clarified to ANI that he was talking about freedom to the people of Kashmir, not separation.
The government on Tuesday disassociated itself from VedPratap Vaidik's meeting with LeT chief and Mumbai attacks accused HafizSaeed following uproar in Parliament . The government meanwhile has said that Vaidik went to Pakistan in his personal capacity and met Saeed also in his personal
A case of alleged sedition has been filed against senior journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik in Varanasi Court over his meeting with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed. The case is set to be heard on July 25.