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.

Earlier on Friday, the Supreme Court sought a response from the Centre on the plea of the Capt Kalia's father N K Kalia seeking a direction to the government to raise the case of his son's torture at the International Court of Justice.

The severely mutilated body of Capt Kalia of 4 Jat, who led the first team to investigate the Pakistani intrusion in Kargil, was handed over to the Indian Army 20 days after he was captured on May 15, 1999. The autopsy report indicated extreme ante mortem torture which included cigarette burns, piercing of ear drums with hot iron rods and amputated vital organs.

Malik said, "Whenever any human being dies nobody would hesitate to say sorry for that... (But) when there is war, bullet doesn't see who is there? You see the situation there (in Kargil), and that is why you see the statement of president of Pakistan and also the vision of your prime minister. What we want is peace. So, we don't want these things to be repeated. That's why I am here, that's why we will work."

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