Pak may bring up Lt.Col. Purohit’’s role in Samjhauta blasts at Interior Secretaries” meet

November 20th, 2008 - 3:14 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Nov.20 (ANI): Pakistan may raise the recent findings of the Maharashtra’’s Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) indicating a probable involvement of the Indian Army’’s Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit in the Samjhauta Express blasts incident during the scheduled meeting between Interior Secretaries of India and Pakistan to be held in Islamabad on November 25.
Purohit, presently under arrest in connection with the Malegaon blasts case, has been remanded by Nashik court Additional Judge H.K. Ganatra to judicial custody till November 29 as a prime suspect in the case.
The News has raised fingers on the ‘’sketches of suspects” released after Samjhauta Express blasts by the authorities under the government of India suggesting Pakistan being the perpetrator for the incident.
The Samjhauta train blasts tragedy took place on February 17, 2007 and killed 68 people, most of them Pakistanis.
Pakistan’’s Interior Secretary Kamal Shah will represent Pakistan while India will be represented at the talks by Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta.
Additional Secretary Azhar Chawdhury will represent the Pakistan’’s Foreign Office.
“The issue of the Samjhauta Express has been taken up with New Delhi in several meetings including during our talks on Anti-Terror Mechanism level. We have been asking the Indian side about more information on this tragedy and sincerely hope that they will be able to share their findings with us”, the Foreign Office spokesperson was quoted by The News as saying.
The spokesman said that in the past, officials had conceded that efforts to prevent drug-trafficking between the two sides had been successful. However, when it came to anti-terror efforts, acknowledging of wanted criminals by both sides, gun-smuggling and fake currency, the progress remained slow. “But even if it is a slow process it is a useful experience. After all, talking to each other about these issues is the only way”, he was quoted as saying.
In July 2007, India and Pakistan at the last such talks had set up three sub-groups to go into the contentious issues such as terrorism and extradition and deportation of wanted criminals from each other’’s territory. (ANI)

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