New Delhi: Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday said there was no credible evidence to arrest Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and also alluded to Babri Masjid demolition, equating the incident with the 2008 carnage.
    
As he arrived here for the operationalisation of the liberalised visa agreement between India and Pakistan, Malik also appeared to dismiss the issue of the torture of Kargil hero Captain Saurabh Kalia by the Pakistani Army.
    
 Notwithstanding pressure from India, Malik gave no indication of action being taken against Saeed.
     
"We have no love lost for Hafiz Saeed. If I got the information today before I leave from here, I will order his arrest," Malik told reporters on his arrival here on a three-day visit. The agreement which was operationalised in the presence of Malik and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde was signed by the two countries in September.
     
Malik said a mere statement of Lashhker-e-Taiba terrorist Ajmal Kasab, who was executed on November 21, about Saeed's involvement in the 2008 attack could not be the only evidence to nail Saeed. "It needs further corroboration," he added.
    
New Delhi has conveyed its strong concerns over Saeed being allowed to roam freely in Pakistan and also indulge in provocative anti-india rhetoric.
     
After the agreement was signed, Malik said nobody wants to see the recurrence of incidents like Bombay blasts, Samjhauta blasts or Babri Masjid issue.
     
"We do not want any 9/11. We do not want any Bombay blasts, we do not want any Samjhauta Express, we do not want any Babri mosque issue and we can work together not only for peace in Pakistan and India but also for the region," Malik told reporters.
    
As a debate raged over torture of Captain Kalia by Pakistan army in May 1999, Malik said he was not aware whether he "died of a Pakistan bullet or weather".
     
"I have not examined the case. It has just come to my notice. 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?," Malik said.

India, Pakistan sign new visa accord (READ MORE)

New Delhi: India and Pakistan on Friday formally operationalised a new visa agreement that would facilitate multiple-entry and reporting-free visas for businessmen, besides allowing visa on arrival for the elderly.
    
The new agreement would replace a 38-year old tardy visa regime signed in 1974 by two countries.
    
Announcing the new regime, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said, "This new visa regime will pave the way in promoting people-to-people contact. We have already issued circular to all Indian missions abroad and state governments notifying the introduction of the new visa regime."
    
On the occasion, visiting Interior Minister of Pakistan Rehman Malik said, "Time has come to forget the old days. This visa regime will take bilateral relations forward. It will bring good trade, will remove this miscommunication. This is not only a historic step but a step forward for peace that we are looking for generations."


Don't know Capt Kalia died of Pak bullet or weather: Malik (READ MORE)

As a debate raged over torture of Kargil martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia by Pakistan army, Malik said he was not aware whether he "died of a Pak bullet or 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?," Malik told reporters.

Malik said, "Whenever any human being dies nobody would hesitate to say sorry for that.

"When there is war, bullet doesn't see who is there? ...You see the situation there (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," he said at the airport.

Sarabjit's sister meets Rehman Malik (READ MORE)

Indian prisoner in Pakistan Sarabjit Singh's sister and his daughter on Friday met Rehman Malik and appealed for his release as early as possible.

Malik told that his Government trying its best to process Rehman’s Malik. Malik invited Sarabjit’s sister to Pakistan

"Please come to Pakistan as my guest and stay there as long as you want," Malik told them. Daljit Kaur on Malik’s invitation told, "We will apply for visa soon and would visit Pakistan to meet Sarabjit."

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