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Malik says will issue warrant for Saeed, if evidence is credible

Posted on Dec 15, 03:29PM | UNI

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik arrived here this evening and promised that he will issue arrest warrant against Hafiz Saeed from Indian soil, if authentic proof is provided in relation with Lashkar-e-Toiba's chief role in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

Mr Malik was received at the technical area of Palam airport by Minister of State for Home R P N Singh.

Speaking to the media here, the Pakistan Minister said, "I assure you that we are still investigating the (Indian) evidence.

And if that evidence can stand the test of courts of international standards, I will order his arrest even before returning home." "We have no love lost for Hafiz Saeed," he added.

"Our intentions are clear. Whoever does a crime, should be punished," he asserted.

Mr Malik said Saeed was arrested thrice by the Pakistan authorities but released by court due to lack of evidence.

"We have categorically stated that Pakistan and India have to respect court orders," he added.

Mr Malik termed the proposed liberalised visa agreement a significant step between the two neighbours.

"If people from both countries meet, peace will prevail. When they (Indians) enter Pakistan, they should feel they are coming to their own home. Similar should be the case when people of Pakistan enter India," he added.

"Pakistan wants to take the peace process forward with India," the Interior Minister said.

"Pakistan and India have to be friends,' Mr Malik said, adding that this would only be possible when there was better people-to-people interaction among the two countries.

He said because of the meetings between the leaders of India and Pakistan, the 'journey to peace is progressing very well'.

The liberalised visa agreement was signed by then Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and Mr Malik in Islamabad on September 8.