LAHORE – Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) leader Hafiz Saeed has said that he and his followers will not arrange any protest demonstrations if Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Pakistan.
He was responding to ‘uproar’ over his reported meeting with Indian journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik in Lahore on July 2. According to Indian media, Vaidik is aide to India’s yoga guru Ramdev, who is close to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
“We discussed how all 26/11 evidences provided by India have been rejected (by courts),” Hafiz Saeed tweeted. “I asked Ved Vaidik why India does not respect Pakistani courts,” he said. As for the controversy the meeting created, the JuD chief said that row in the Indian parliament over a journalist's meeting with him shows the extremism and narrow mindedness of their politicians.
“Utterly shameful,” he wrote about reaction in India. "Sadly, so-called ‘secular’ India is unable to bear an informal meeting of its journalist – Vaidik – with us,” Hafiz Saeed said. “We meet everyone with an open heart, whoever wants to meet us; regardless of nation, belief or religion,” he said.