New Delhi: India has asked Pakistan to expedite the Mumbai 26/11 trials and the Pathankot investigation while it rejected Islamabad’s assertion on Samjhauta Express blast case verdict.Also Read - India Squad For South Africa: 5 Players Who Missed Out Narrowly | IND vs SA T20I Series 2022
Following the Samjhauta case verdict pronounced by Haryana court on March 20, Acting Foreign Secretary in Islamabad summoned the Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and lodged a strong protest on the acquittal of all the four accused in the 2007 blast case. (Also Read: Samjhauta Express Blast Case: All Four Accused Acquitted by Haryana Court – Chronology of Events) Also Read - Pakistan Announce Squad For ODI Series Against West Indies; Shadab Returns, Key Players Left Out
Indian High Commissioner highlighted that the due process of law was followed by the Indian Courts while he emphasised on the lack of cooperation from Pakistan government. The summons sent by Indian courts were returned by Pakistani foreign office and not served in the Samjhauta blast case, Ajay Bisaria said. Also Read - What is QUAD, Its Objectives, And The China Factor | Explained
Further, Ajay Bisaria asked Islamabad to expedite the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack in which New Delhi has already given evidence. Notably, it has been 10 years since the attacks which took place in Mumbai in 2008 but the mastermind of the attack Hafiz Saeed continues to roam freely in Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria asserted.
The High Commission also shared India’s concerns at the lack of progress in Pathankot airbase terror attack case investigation.
India had arranged a visit of a five-member Pakistani investigation team to the air base after the attack shared evidence of Pakistan based terror groups role in the attack.
Islamabad was also reminded that no credible steps have been taken against United Nations listed and Pakistan based terror groups Jaish-e-Mohammed despite a detailed dossier been shared following the Pulwama terror attack.
Jaish-e-Mohammad was the group behind the Pulwama terror attack, which claimed lives of 40 paramilitary jawans in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14 this year. Further, the terrorist group also took responsibility for the 2016 Pathankot attack.
On the intervening night of January 1 and 2, 2016, four JeM terrorists sneaked in from across the border and attacked the Pathankot air base, killing seven security personnel in the attack.
(With inputs from Sidhant Sibal)