Pak says perpetrators of Samjhauta blast be brought to justice

Last Updated: Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 16:20

Islamabad: Dragging its feet over the
Mumbai terror strike case, Pakistan on Saturday fired a salvo at
India demanding that New Delhi should not "squander" in
bringing to justice the perpetrators of the bombing of the
Samjhauta Express train in light of a RSS leader`s confession
about the involvement of Sangh activists in the attack.

"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 told PTI in a
text message.

Basit was responding to a question on Pakistan`s
reaction to Aseemanand`s confession about the involvement of
Sangh activists in several terrorist attacks, including the
2007 bombing of the Samjhauta Express that killed nearly 70
people, a majority of them Pakistanis.

"The reported confession by Aseemanand underlines the
need for avoiding unhelpful knee-jerk reactions as was done in
India (at the time of the attack)," Basit said.

"We look forward to hearing from India officially. The
relations of 42 Pakistani victims of the Samjhauta Express
terrorist action are desperately awaiting their protracted
trauma to come to an end," he added.

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

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.

Basit did not respond to a question on whether
Pakistan would seek access to suspects arrested in India for
the Samjhauta Express bombing though sources in the government
said a decision would be made on this issue after Islamabad
receives information on the latest developments in the Indian
investigation through official channels.

Jatin Chatterjee alias Aseemanand, 59, has given a
detailed description of the involvement of Sangh activists and
self-styled spiritual leaders in several terror attacks across
India during the past three years in his confessional
statement given to a special CBI court in New Delhi.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 16:20

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