Interior Minister Rehman Malik (C) gestures while speaking as Kunwar Ratanjit Pratap Narain Singh (2R), Indian Minister of State in Home Affairs, looks on after Malik arrived at an Indian Air Force station in New Delhi on Dec 14, 2012. — Photo by AFP

KARACHI: In an interview to an Indian television channel, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said India and Pakistan would have to learn from their troubled past and would have to look forward and towards the future.

In an interview to NDTV, Malik stated he had never compared the demolition of the Babri mosque to the 9/11 attacks or to the Mumbai attacks, adding that, his statements had been misunderstood.

Regarding the case of Saurabh Kalia, an officer in the Indian Army who had died during the Kargil War while being held as a prisoner of war by Pakistani security forces, the minister said he was "willing" to have the case investigated.

"I only said circumstances of his death are disputed, I am asking for more information...I feel the pain of Captain Kalia's father; I will definitely look into the matter," Malik said to NDTV.

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.

Malik added that the two countries can ensure lasting peace by putting the issues of the past behind.

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December 15, 2012 9:13 am
The trajectory is good and the intentions seem sincere, lets hope relations do become friendly. Only time will tell. If they do both will benefit, issues should be solved and bold steps need to be taken to do that.Politics in India do not permit that, Dr. Singh would have otherwise done something by now.
Anand K Singh
December 15, 2012 9:40 am
Putting the past behind is easier said than done. Before he pontificates to India, he needs to ask himself this Q, can Pak put the past behind & move on ? We need to reconcile ourselves with our past, only then can we move on into the future. Mere words will not do. We need to reconcile ourselves to our geography, accept the borders as they are . Only then can we hope to look to the future. Words alone will not help.
Jag Nathan
December 15, 2012 12:57 pm
Considering the huge problems that Pakistani politicians face from the right and the ever growing pool of jihadis fed by a growing population of unemployed young men, I will not be placing any bets on this horse. It is only a matter of time before hostilities break out all over again. What we are witnessing is a familiar drama that has been played over and over. Only Sonia Gandhi and her Congress will believe this kind a circus as is reality/.
December 15, 2012 3:20 pm
Indian government is not reciprocating because they have some love and affection for the Pakistani people. India's future energy needs run through Pakistan and India is only looking after her interest. So stop trying to pretend that you have some moral high ground. It's in both countries interest to improve ties.
Cyrus Howell
December 15, 2012 10:22 am
Forget it. Indians and Pakistanis spend their life times annoying each other and always will.
December 15, 2012 8:56 am
It is disturbing that non-Muslims have hardly been given proper treatment in the country and have been increasingly marginalized with the growth of extremism. Such situations only add to the embarrassment of the minorities in Pakistan. Religious institutions should not be harmed. The Prophet (pbuh) strictly warned against any maltreatment of people of other faiths. He said: “Beware! Whoever is cruel and hard on a non-Muslim minority, or curtails their rights, or burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything from them against their free will, I will complain against the person on the Day of Judgment.”
December 15, 2012 11:58 am
I think the intentions of the Pak Govt are well meaning. Its our army I'm worried about. God knows whats cooking in GHQ?
December 15, 2012 12:07 pm
We can't forget the Past,we will never forget the past RM,You also remember the past which you want to remember.
December 16, 2012 9:05 pm
Actually, we forgot our past, that's the problem...
Truth and Justice
December 15, 2012 11:31 am
The unfair borders we must accept as they are ...
December 15, 2012 11:26 am
Pakistan is bowing before India when India is kicking them out all the time. India is not sincere in Peace talks. In every forum in the world India is defaming/massive propoganda against Pakistan. When you develop Friendship with some country then there is some ethics e.g. both the countries will respect each other, they will work like one country. Let me give you an example of India made a rule in the whole world if anyone visits Pakistan he will not be given Indian Visa. Pakistan Foreign Missions if you are awake and working pls look into this if not we can only pray for you.
Agha Ata
December 15, 2012 1:29 pm
Okkay, OkKay, you India and Pakistan are both ready to put the past behind. ....but what about the establishment? Do you think establishment doesn't matter?
December 15, 2012 10:03 pm
India has repeatedly put past terror behind; things are quiet for a while and then terror repeats and again Pakistan asks India to put the past behind. The fact that Pakistan is asking India to put Mumbai behind shows the complete insensitivity to the carnage. Every Pakistani citizen should be ashamed of Mumbai - where people were lined up and shot. On the contrary, they say put it behind. India should not make peace with a country like this.
December 15, 2012 10:17 pm
His primary responsibility is to provide internal security to Pakistan and he has failed totally. I don't even know why he made these statements in India since he has nothing to do with foreign ministry.
December 16, 2012 3:09 am
I think he seems to be fair.... he is asking for evidence for 26/11. Give him evidence. Why Modi is trying to make a political statement out of his visit. Thank God, Malik only mentioned Babri Masjid and not Gujrat roits......we still could not catch and prosecute those responsible for Babri Masjid and those responsible for Gujrat Roits. Those under whose nose all this preplanned terrorist act took place still loom large and without any accountability....Before we ask of others what to do we must fix our house in order.
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