New Delhi: Ajmal Kasab's execution is apparently one of the reasons that India denied to host the two-day proposed visit of Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik which was slated to begin from Thursday. The agenda of the Pak Minister’s visit was to operationalise the landmark Indo-Pak visa agreement.

Sources in the central security agencies have claimed that India had kept under wraps the date of hanging of the lone surviving terrorist involved in 26/11 Mumbai attack, Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, as they didn’t want any uncomfortable situation to arise during Rehman Malik’s visit.

Malik had expressed his desire to visit the country during his meeting with Home Minister Sushil kumar Shinde in Rome on November 3, 2012.

The sources said that Kasab's execution date had been finalised after November 5.
    
Though the government has cited the coming Winter Session of Parliament as the reason for its inability to host Malik this week as Home Minister Shinde would be busy being the Leader of Lok Sabha, Kasab's execution was said to be one of the factors for not agreeing to dates proposed by Pakistan for the visit.
    
Malik has been accused of failing to keep his promises on acting against the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack which claimed 166 lives.

(Agencies)

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