Samjhauta probe: Pak summons Indian diplomat

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 00:18

Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday asked India to provide an early update to it on the investigations into the 2007 Samjhauta Express train bombing in the wake of RSS leader
Swami Aseemanand`s confession about the involvement of Sangh activists in the attack.

India`s acting Deputy High Commissioner GV Srinivas was called to the Foreign Office by Director General (South Asia) Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi, who said information on progress
in the investigations should be provided by New Delhi "at the earliest".

In an apparent reference to Swami Aseemanand`s confession to a special court in New Delhi, a statement issued by the Foreign Office said the Indian diplomat`s "attention
was drawn to the recent reports in the media on the
investigations into the Samjhauta Express blasts of February
2007".

"It was reiterated to him that the government of
Pakistan was awaiting the progress made by the government of
India in the investigations into the Samjhauta Express blasts.

"It was also underlined to Mr Srinivas that a response
from the government of India may be conveyed at the earliest,"
the statement said.

Aseemanand, 59, recently confessed to the involvement
of Sangh activists in several terrorist attacks, including the
bombing of the Samjhauta Express that killed as many as 68
people, including 42 Pakistanis.

Sources in the Pakistan government said that the
Foreign Office is hoping India will provide an update on the
probe into the Samjahuta Express bombing before the Foreign
Secretaries of the two countries hold talks on the margins of
a SAARC meeting in Bhutan during February 6-7.

Pakistan had last week asked India to act
expeditiously to bring to justice the perpetrators of the
Samjhauta Express bombing.

"It took almost four years for the Samjhauta Express
investigations to come to this pass. We can only hope that no
further time will be squandered in bringing the criminals to
justice," Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said.

Pakistan has asked India several times in the past two
years to apprise it of developments in the investigation.

The issue was raised by Pakistani officials and
leaders with Home Minister P Chidambaram and External Affairs
Minister S M Krishna when they visited Islamabad last year.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 00:18

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