Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik has denied he had equated the demolition of the Babri Masjid with terror attacks, saying that he came in India with a message of love and peace.
While interviewing to an India TV channel, he made it clear that he had never compared terror attacks with the December 6, 1992 mosque demolition.
He observed, “I am here with a message of love and peace, and both countries are working on a roadmap of peace and love, there is no option. When I spoke of Babri, I never compared it with terror acts. What I said is that we do not want ugly incidents and I never made such a comparison.”
On Friday, he was quoted saying, “Terrorism brings grief, and we do not want a 9/11, Bombay blast, Samjhauta Express blast, Babri Mosque demolition.”
Commenting on Kargil issue, he said he had full sympathies with the victim family. “Since the matter concerns the ministry of defence, I will take the information and have it investigated. The cause of death is not yet determined. If he was tortured, how you could expect that we would give such a body (back), knowing the reaction it would elicit”, he added.
He also said that India hadn’t raised with Pakistan in any way the issue of Kalia’s death and it was not part of his agenda in India this time. He accused the media of creating the agenda for the India-Pakistan talks, terming it not fair.
Asked about it, Malik had said on Friday: “When a fight is going on at the border, we really don’t know whether he was killed with a Pakistani bullet or he died because of the weather.”
On the issue of Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, he said Pakistan needed evidence against him which could stand in court. He added that although Saeed had earlier been arrest, he had been released by the courts and that the government respected the orders of the judiciary.
On the accord sealed by India and Pakistan easing tough visa restrictions for travellers, the minister said the agreement would lead to mutual cooperation between the two countries. He added that the two countries can ensure lasting peace by putting the issues of the past behind.