Hafiz Saeed accepted the invitation thinking it was from SIMI (Student’s Islamic Movement of India) and invited Simi and her crew to Muridke, the headquarters of his charitable organization, Jama’at-ud-Da’wah. Hafiz was kind enough to recreate the sets of Simi’s show at his headquarters and ordered his boys to act as the set audience to create the right ambience. Hafiz wanted to expatiate on the finer points of Islamic theology, the ideology of the movement he leads and grievances with India. Simi, on the other hand, was more interested in tidbits about his love life such as his first crush, his favorite heroine etc. Being a skilled interviewer, Simi managed to probe and reveal a tender, romantic side of the fiery LeT chief. Here are excerpts:
Despite differing perspectives, Simi managed to have a very interesting conversation with the LeT chief. “I was very impressed with Hafiz’s personality, charm, and sense of humour. I can see why he is on the Indian Home Ministry’s most wanted list,” purred Simi. Hafiz Saeed too seems to have been floored by Simi’s feminine charm. “Hindustan ke lie abhi bhi nafrat hai lekin Simiji’ ke liye hamare dil mein pyaar hai,” confessed Professor Saeed in a soft voice.