Religious violence leading to extremism: Rehman Malik

‘We Should Work Together To Root-Out Terrorism From This Region’


New Delhi, Dec 15: Facing criticism over the slow pace of 26/11 trial, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik today said religious violence often leads to extremism and every effort should be made to check it.
“We should take every step which can bring harmony. We could take all (pro-national) measures forward, so that the extremists, terrorists, our enemy, our hostile elements, they do not get any chance (to act against us). So both the nations should work together for it.”
I do not want to hurt anyone. So I would like to tell that whatever our issues are, PM has also raised them, we will resolve them jointly. We should work in all spheres to root out terrorism from this region (India and Pakistan),” he said. “We do not want any 9/11. We do not want any Bombay blasts, we do not want any Samjhauta Express (blasts), 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 had yesterday said here.
The 16th century Babri mosque was demolished on December 6, 1992 which triggered communal frenzy in the country, mainly in Mumbai, leaving many people dead.
He said extremism is on rise in both the regions and steps should be taken to check it.
Malik said attempts were being made to “fast-track” the Mumbai attack case and wanted India to give “hard” and “substantive” evidence for the arrest of Hafiz Saeed.
Malik, who met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today, later said an application to fast track the case has been moved in the Lahore High Court and could be completed within three months if it is accepted.
Singh had during his 15-minute meeting with Malik, raised the issue of pending trial against the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attacks based in Pakistan.
On the issue of Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, who is roaming freely in Pakistan and indulging in anti-India rhetoric, Malik said, "If I am given hard evidence now, if it is substantive, before I leave for Pakistan, I will order his arrest”.
Malik, who had triggered a controversy by trying to equate the Babri mosque demolition with 26/11 attacks, said he had only projected that sectarian violence must be contained by both India and Pakistan and that his remark should not be taken in a "negative way".
The Pakistani leader, who is on a three-day visit, said he had no intention to interfere in the inter-faith matter as he was fully aware of such issues as Pakistan itself is a victim of inter-faith clashes.
Malik said if the Pakistan Judicial Commission, which visited in India in March, had been allowed to cross examine four witnesses in 26/11 case, the trial in Pakistan would have been completed by now.
"The (2nd) Judicial Commission will come very soon," he said.
Malik tried to assuage outrage over his remarks on torture meted out to Kargil hero Saurabh Kalia, saying he will look into the case.
At the same time, the minister, who had yesterday stated that he did not know whether Kalia, whose mutilated body was returned to India by Pakistan Army, had died of bullet or weather, today gave another spin.
If the Pakistani Army tortured him, would they have then given his body back, he said while responding to a volley of questions from reporters.
Malik also said he has renewed Pakistan's invitation to the Prime Minister to visit that country.
Malik said during the meeting with Indian leaders the issue of voice samples of perpetrators of 26/11 terror attack was raised but Pakistan law restricts taking voice samples without the consent of the accused.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 16 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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