India will share Samjhauta details once probe ends: Rao
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 20:44
Thimphu: India has assured Pakistan that it would not hesitate from sharing the findings of Samjhauta Express blast case but expressed inability to do so till the probe is not completed as Indian laws do not permit it.

This message was conveyed by Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao during her meeting with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir here on Sunday when the latter raised the issue of Samjhauta Express blast case in which latest indications show involvement of some Hindu extremists.

"We talked about Samjhauta (Express blast)," Rao told reporters here when asked whether the Pakistani side raised the issue in the light of new reported information in the case.

She said she had told Bashir that India would also be interested in knowing as to what happened in the incident of February 2007 when an explosion ripped apart the cross-border train killing 68 people, mostly Pakistanis.

"We said there is an investigation going on," Rao said.

"Whatever relevant information would be there, we will share it with Pakistan because a number of Pakistanis died in that and the Pakistan government has been asking us," she said.

The Foreign Secretary said Home Minister P Chidambaram has also said on record that as and when information would be available, it would be shared with Pakistan.

However, she added that under Indian laws, until investigations are complete "you are not going to be able to share the information".

To a question, Rao said India looks at terrorism just as an act of terrorism and nothing else.

With regard to the 26/11 issue, she said Pakistan had responded to India's request for sending a Commission to Islamabad, asking certain clarifications.

The clarifications included questions like under which laws India would like to send the Commission, she said, adding that India had never said that a team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) would be going there.

Meanwhile, India is also awaiting a response to the clarification sought by it on Pakistan's request for sending a Judicial Commission to take the statements of the magistrate who recorded the confession of Ajmal Kasab, the lone 26/11 attacker arrested.

In this context, she laid emphasis on reciprocity or the Principal of Comity, a legal doctrine under which countries recognise and enforce each others' legal decrees.


First Published: Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 20:44

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