India will share Samjhauta details once probe ends: Rao

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 8, 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.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 20:44

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