Indian envoy was summoned by Pak on Samjhauta probe: Rao



New Delhi: Confirming that India's acting Deputy High Commissioner was summoned to Foreign Office in Pakistan, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao Sunday said they have sought information about the 2007 Samjhauta Express train blast investigations.

She said the investigations was an ongoing process and the Ministry of External Affairs was in touch with the Ministry of Home Affairs after which government will have a consolidated response on it.

"I can only tell you facts in this regard. Our acting Deputy High Commissioner G V Srinivas was summoned by Pakistan Foreign Office and they referred to media reports that have been surfacing about investigations in Samjhauta Express train blast. That was basically the meeting was about," Rao said on the sidelines of a function here.

"They (Pakistan) have requested for any information that India would have to share with them in this regard. That has been conveyed to us by our High Commissioner in Islamabad and that is where the matter rest at the moment," she said.

Refusing to comment on timelines for such a response to Pakistan, the Foreign Secretary said it was an ongoing investigation and the ministry was in touch with MHA on this.

Srinivas was called by Director General (South Asia) in Pakistan Foreign Office 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".

PTI