LAHORE - A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Thursday extended stay till March 17, which was earlier granted to Rehman Malik against his conviction in two references made by National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The LHC bench comprising of Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif and Justice Waqar Hassan Mir once again rejected the request of the interior minister for exemption from personal appearance in the court. Earlier, counsel of Rehman Malik requested for an early date of hearing of the case but the bench remarked that after his bail in 1997 he remained away from courts and now he should show patience. In one reference, Rehman Malik and others were accused of receiving two cars worth Rs 17,98,000 from one Saleem Godial of a private car company as illegal gratification on account of purchase of official vehicles by FIA worth thousands of hundreds of thousands of rupees from the company. The second case was registered by FIA on complaint of one Hashim Raza, resident of Lahore. He alleged Malik along with Muhammad Sajjad Haider, AD/FIA Islamabad, and others raided his house in August 1994 and looted Rs7,00,000 cash and 20 tola gold. Both these case were initially tried by special court dealing with FIA cases but were transferred to accountability court after the promulgation of NAB ordinance in 1999. After hearing of the case, Rehman Malik talked to media persons outside the courtroom. He said Pakistan enjoyed full support of international community in peace dialogue with India. Malik said Pakistan had frustrated vicious plans of its enemy and peace was getting restored in the country. He said, Due to peace in the country have cone to the high court without security. He said peace could not be established in region by destabilising Pakistan and Afghanistan. Latest reports in this regard have reveals that Indian hands were involved in Mumbai attacks and other terrorist activities, he added.