July 16, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
New Delhi, India (July 16, 2014): Journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik has landed in yet another controversy. Ved Partap Vaidik, who hit the headlines over his meeting with Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, is in news again for saying that there is no harm if Kashmir is made an independent nation.
Speaking to a Pakistan-based news channel “Dawn News”, Vaidik said that both India and Pakistan should stop fighting over Kashmir and make it an independent nation.
Zee Media representative Sumit Avasthi bitterly criticized Ved Parkash Vaidik for using “respectable” terms for Hafiz Saeed in his interview with Dawn News. He staged a personal at Vaidik, a journalist and who is said to have close relations with Yoga trainer Baba Ramdev and RSS, Sumit Avasthi said “had his (Vaidik’s) relatives been killed in 26/11 Mumbai attack, even then Vaidik would have used such terms for Hafiz Saeed”.
He also criticized Vaidik for saying that if he would have been Indian prime minister he might have invited Hafiz Saeed to visit Sri Nagar without visa and passport.
It is notable that India accuses Saeed for being “mastermind” of 26/11 attack.
Talking to a news agency, Vaidik said, “While talking about the freedom of Kashmir, I have always maintained yes to freedom and no to separation. By freedom here, I mean the freedom of the people of Kashmir. They should have the same freedom that I have in Delhi and any other leader or journalists in Lahore. Both Kashmirs should be made one. There should be bridge, rather than a gorge.”
“I have always said that separating Kashmir from India can be a very wrong step. It will be more harmful for Pakistan and Kashmir than India. I have always been in favour of freedom. Every man should be free under democracy,” he added.
Clearing his views further, he said, “We should be aware of the true meaning of federalism. I said that they (Kashmir) should get autonomy, which they have. Isn’t Omar Abdullah a Kashmiri? Is he a Bihari? I am talking about individual freedom.”
“I haven’t asked for the removal of Article 377. It is about combining the two parts of Kashimir to make it one. We need to take this matter with seriousness and not lightly like some TV channels have been doing,” he added.
“I released the photo and interview myself. TV channels and newspapers have already talked so much about it. There is nothing to hide about it,” he added.
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