Baseless allegations hindrance against Pak-India friendly relations: Malik

Islamabad: (Wednesday, June 27, 2012) Rehman Malik, senior advisor to Prime Minister on Interior affairs said here today that Surjeet and Sarabjeet were two different Indian prisoners, and yesterday’s news about Sarabjeet’s release
were based upon misunderstanding. He said that Surjeet has already completed his sentence.

Speaking to the journalists, Malik maintained that Indian fishermen were released to boost the presently ongoing reconciliation process between India and Pakistan.

Malik further said that the summary pertaining to Sarabjeet’s sentence has not been sent to President Asif Zardari. He said that Surjeet will be released within 48 hours.

Commenting on Chidambaram’s allegations of having traced Pakistani state support behind the Mumbai attacks, the advisor on interior said that baseless allegations tent the bilateral ties between the two countries.

While maintaining that three Indian citizens were involved in the Mumbai attacks, Malik said that India’s information related to Sayed Zabiuddin was incomplete.

He was of the view that at several occasions, speculative allegations against Pakistan have proved wrong. He said, “India’s speculative allegations against Pakistan have been proven incorrect on several occasions.”

He further added, “most of the times, India puts blame on the Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) without even investigating into the matter.”

Rehman’s comments have come after Indian home minister claiming that a key suspect involved in 2008 Mumbai attacks had shared information that confirmed Pakistani state support for the dreadful event that halted and reversed the
peace process between the two nuclear armed neighbours.