Islamabad: Islamabad on Friday denied all knowledge of the `terror boat` which was intercepted by the Indian Coast Guard, stating that there was no evidence to suggest that the vessel originated from Pakistan.
"Having remained shrouded in mystery since day one, the drama of the so-called `terror boat` is now unfolding. Our authorities conducted their own investigations in the wake of Indian media reports. These investigations concluded that neither any Pakistani boat was missing nor has there been any evidence so far to suggest that it was a Pakistani boat," Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tasneem Aslam told the media.
Aslam also expressed concern over the granting of bail to Samjhauta Express attack accused Swami Aseemanand.
"Outcome of the investigations into Samjhauta Express attack has not been shared with Pakistan, despite assurances at the highest political level. We are concerned at the lack of progress in the investigations," she said.
"We are also deeply concerned at the grant of bail to Swami Aseemanand, the perpetrator... On the anniversary of the incident, we reiterate our demand that the Government of India expeditiously conclude the investigations and punish the perpetrators," she added.
In January, the Ministry of Defence said that as per intelligence inputs received on December 31, a fishing boat from Keti Bunder near Karachi was planning some illicit transaction in the Arabian Sea. Based on the input, a Coast Guard Dornier aircraft undertook a sea-air coordinated search and located the suspect vessel.
According to the statement, on being warned, the boat increased its speed and attempted to flee the maritime boundary; later the occupants set the boat on fire, which resulted in an explosion. Ultimately, the boat burnt and sank in the early hours of January 1, including all the people on board who could not be saved or recovered.
However, Indian media had recently quoted DIG Coast Guard BK Loshali as saying that the boat was `blown up` by the Coast Guard and that he was at Gandhinagar and had ordered the same.