Malik arrives, sings old Pak tune

Rehman Malik

Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik on Friday gave no indication of action being taken against 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, saying there was no credible evidence to arrest him.

Malik, who arrived in Delhi from Pakistan this evening for a three-day visit, told reporters at the airport, "We have no love lost for Hafiz Saeed. If I got the information today before I leave from here, I will order his arrest." But, he said, "I have been receiving dossiers with only information," stressing the well known Pakistani line that what India had given was not "evidence".

Malik was addressing a press conference with Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde until press time on Friday. An India-Pakistan visa agreement signed in September is scheduled to be operationalised during the Pakistani minister's visit.

Malik said the mere statement of Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Ajmal Kasab, who was executed on November 21, about Saeed's involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks was in itself not evidence to nail Saeed. "It needs further corroboration," he said.

He said Pakistan was still investigating, and if there is some evidence, necessary action would be taken.

Malik also appeared to dismiss the issue of the torture of Kargil martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia by the Pakistani army, saying he did not know if the officer "died of a Pak bullet or the weather".

"I have not examined the case. It has just come to my notice. I will be very happy to see the father of the boy, the father of the soldier, and I will shake hand and will like to know what has happened exactly.

"And especially when a fight is going on in the border, we really don't know whether he died of a Pak bullet or he died of weather?" he said.

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