ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Saturday said India should not “squander” in bringing to justice the perpetrators of bombing of 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 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 Press trust of India PTI in a text message.
Basit was responding to a question on Pakistan's reaction to Indian Aseemanand's confession about the involvement of Sangh activists in several terrorist attacks, including 2007 bombing of Samjhauta Express train that killed nearly 70 people, majority of them Pakistani citizens.
“The reported confession by Aseemanand underlines the need for avoiding unhelpful knee-jerk reactions as was done in India (at the time of attack),” Basit said. “We look forward to hearing from India officially. The relations of 42 Pakistani victims of Samjhauta Express terrorist action are desperately awaiting their protracted trauma to come to an end,” he added.
Pakistan has asked India several times in past two years to apprise it of developments in investigation into Samjhauta Express bombing. The issue was raised by Pakistani leaders with Home Minister P Chidambaram and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna when they visited Islamabad last year.
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 past three years in his confessional statement given to a special CBI court in New Delhi. – Agencies