India refused to issue a joint statement at the end of interior minister Rehman Malik's three-day visit, a public protest against the provocations of the visiting Pakistani minister, Times of India in  a report said Monday.

Though a joint press conference by home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and his Pakistani counterpart was ruled out at the very outset on account of Parliament being in session, the two sides had agreed to issue a joint statement.

Officials in the Indian home ministry were, in fact, working on a draft until the ceaseless needling led India to decide that enough was enough. The last minute decision was a vivid illustration of India's annoyance over Malik's conduct which widened the trust deficit and reinforced India's suspicions that Pakistan was not sincere when it promised to punish the perpetrators of 26/11.

However, the bitter taste left by Malik's controversial remarks - wherein he mentioned 26/11 and Babri demolition in the same breath and also indicated that Kargil martyr Saurabh Kalia may have succumbed to inclement weather - led India to do away with a joint statement. The fact that this was a last-minute decision, taken after much prodding of Malik's delegation to act on India's demands in the 26/11 case, was clear when home ministry officials were asked to work on Sunday in anticipation of a positive response from Pakistan.

In fact, even before they decided against the joint statement, India made its disgust plain. Shinde, whom Malik had stunned into silence by raking up Babri, reportedly told the Pakistani visitor during one-on-one talks that he had spoken out of turn and that he should have restricted his statement to only the visa agreement.

The only concrete outcome was the understanding on the visit of a second Pakistani judicial commission to India to cross-examine the key 26/11 witnesses here in New Delhi.

Among the demands put forward by Shinde at his interaction with Malik were handing over a copy of the 26/11 charge sheet filed in the Rawalpindi court, details of calls exchanged by 26/11 perpetrators, IP addresses used for communication during the Mumbai attacks and details of bank accounts supposedly used by 26/11 accused Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. Shinde also sought dates for an NIA team's visit to review progress of the 26/11 probe in Pakistan.

Though Malik's response was prompt and "magnanimous" - he said all demands would be met and even volunteered to ferry the NIA team to Pakistan on his return flight - when the Indo-Pakistan delegations really got down to business, the assurances seemed to have run dry.