Rehman Malik, the adviser to Pakistan's Prime Minister on interior affairs, kept the Indian media and government enthralled with his performance during his three day official visit to New Delhi December 14-16.
In a curtain raiser to his arrival, there was a rather intriguing report in DNA, a Mumbai newspaper which asserted that Malik was visiting India despite opposition from the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan.
More significantly, the report also said : "Seeing the positive strides made by Pakistan in 26/11 probe, India is expected not to hype up its demands."
Now unless the reporter just made that up, it was obviously something fed to him by someone in our government. Which is rather peculiar, since officially, we have been complaining about the lack of any progress, leave alone 'positive strides', in the 26/11 probe by Pakistan.
In case anyone had any doubts, Malik was quick to dispel them moments after his arrival, saying Pakistan did not have enough evidence to act against Hafiz Sayeed, the rabid dog who still roams free in Pakistan with government protection, frothing at the mouth with his anti-India venom.
Malik also made some other asinine remarks, blaming the inclement weather for the torture and death of Captain Saurabh Kalia during the Kargil war, clubbing the Mumbai terror attacks with the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, and describing 26/11 handler Abu Jundal as an Indian intelligence agent.
Image: Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Mailk gestures upon his arrival at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in New Delhi, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.