Pak minister Rehman Malik arrives in India on 3-day visit

Friday, December 14, 2012
Pak Interior Minister Rehman Malik
New Delhi: Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik arrives India following an invitation extended by the Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, official source says on Friday.

Visiting Pakistani minister will meet Indian top cabinet brass to operationalise the launch a revised visa agreement between the two countries.

Besides the revised visa agreement, the two countries would also discuss counter-terrorism and cooperation among security and investigation agencies, said officials.

On India part the Shinde will ask Pakistan to hand over Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) founder and 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed.

Earlier during a recent meeting in Maldives, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has said that he had told Malik on the sidelines of a SAARC inter-ministerial conference that Saeed was moving freely in Pakistan and he should be handed over to India.

The official delegation accompanying Malik includes members from interior ministry, foreign ministry, and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) among others. This is Malik's first official visit to India.

From the Indian side, besides home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, his junior RPN Singh and senior officials from home ministry, external affairs ministry and various security agencies would take part in the deliberations.

Malik, who is visiting India will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon, and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj tomorrow.
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