Defending himself, Vaidik said that he has always been in favour of more independence for Kashmir and not its secession.

“India and Pakistan should be a big family and that Kashmir should not be separated from India but should be made free,” he said.

Vaidik, an aide of Yoga guru Ramdev, has stoked a controversy by saying that Kashmir could be made an independent country.

He had said in an interview to a Pakistani news channel that if Kashmiris of both India and Pakistan were ready, then Kashmir could be made independent.

Vaidik said that Kashmir, which is a 'gorge' between the two nations, should be made use as a 'bridge' to join two nations.

Further, talking on the controversy erupted over his interview and meeting with Hafiz Saeed, he said that the TV channels are over hyping the things.

He also blamed the Congress for the same and said that they have no other issue and that is why they have come up with this.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi earlier in the day described Vaidik as a "RSS man" and questioned whether the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had facilitated the meeting between him and Saeed.

Vaidik had met the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, said to be the parent organisation of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, in Lahore on July 2 while touring Pakistan along with a group of journalists and politicians invited by a peace research institute.



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