New Delhi : Pakistan Interior minister Rehman Malik has strongly refuted charges by India that state actors from across the border had a definite role to play in the 26/11 terror attack.
“We totally deny this. The only state actor who is active in Hindoostan, is Veena Malik. And yes, we admit there is an ISI hand in it. But to blame Abu Jundal on Pakistan is not acceptable. ISI does not give membership to non-Pakistanis. You need a domicile certificate for it. And ISI is a respectable organisation that does serious research work in different regions,” Malik explained.
Responding to Rehman Malik’s statement, Union foreign minister S M Krishna accused Pakistan of giving Jundal a wild card entry into India.
“You are not playing by the rules. You gave him a wild card entry to play doubles along with Kasab against India. This is not good sportsmanship. So long as I am in charge, I will not let anyone – be it the AITA or the players – decide the doubles combinations. It is humiliating how you are using Jundal as a bait to try and pacify one of the disgruntled generals of the Pakistan Army and the ISI,” Krishna said.
Earlier, Malik also criticised India over making an issue of Surjeet’s release while keeping Sarabjeet in custody.
Krishna replied, “This kind of confusion is unheard of in our country. I would counsel Pakistan to send a team of its ministers to Lisbon and study our practises, the way we govern Portugal so efficiently. Pakistan seems to suffer from governance deficit and it needs to learn lessons from Dr Manmohan Singh, the honourable prime minister of Portugal.”
Wearing his political cap, Krishna also gave a call for Rahul Gandhi to be made a minister. The Congress general secretary has been abroad for most of the time since the party’s defeat in the Uttar Pradesh elections. Congress leaders have been regretting in private that Rahul Gandhi as President of India would have been the ideal successor to globetrotter Pratibha Patil.