NEW DELHI  – Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde came under intense criticism by the Indian media on Monday for addressing Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed using honorifics like Mr and Shri.Shinde, in an identical statement in both Houses of the Indian Parliament, said, “Mr Malik, Interior Minister of Pakistan has been telling us repeatedly that he had arrested Mr Hafiz Saeed thrice and that on each occasion, he was let off by the courts for lack of evidence.” “We had been given to understand by the interior minister of Pakistan that Mr Hafiz Saeed had been arrested on the charges of being a part of the conspiracy for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks ... When we pursued this matter, they gave us papers pertaining to the detentions of Shri Hafiz Saeed in 2002 and 2009. “From the papers given to us, it is clear that the detentions of Shri Hafiz Saeed in the aforesaid cases were for other reasons and not for his role as a conspirator in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Therefore, I can only say that Mr Malik appears to have been misinformed in the matter,” the minister said.Shinde said Pakistan had been misleading India on the arrest of alleged Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed.“I made it clear, key issue in mind of Indian public is to bring perpetrators of 26/11 to justice. I specially mentioned our investigation that showed Saeed was mastermind and Pakistan is still to take actions,” Shinde said.Earlier, upset by Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s statements, India had refused to issue a joint statement at the end of Pakistani minister’s three-day visit to New Delhi.A report by Times of India said Monday that though a joint press conference by Rehman Malik and his Indian 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. The report further says that it 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 Mosque 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 Mosque issue, 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. 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 Pakistan-India delegations really got down to business, the assurances seemed to have run dry.