Pakistan again took a dig at the Indian government and stated that the current week reminds the grievous tragedy of Samjhauta Express that transpired 13 years ago and the families of the 68 victims including 40 Pakistanis, still await justice.
“The inordinate delay in justice for these victims, despite the availability of evidence, illustrates the unwillingness of the Indian government to hold the perpetrators to account for their barbaric action,” the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson stated.
On February 18 in 2007, an IED blast was detonated in the Samjhauta train – which runs between Delhi and Lahore – at Panipat in Haryana. 68 people including 43 Pakistan nationals, 10 Indian citizens and 15 unidentified people were killed in the blast.
Haryana Police initially registered an FIR in the case but the Ministry of Home Affairs consequently transferred the probe to the NIA in July 2010. The first charge sheet was filed in the case in June 2011 and two supplementary charge sheets were filed in August 2012 and June 2013.
The initial information revealed that two coaches of the train – which had left the railway station Diwana in Panipat at 23:53 hours had caught fire due to the explosions and inflammable materials used. The blast took place in two unreserved coaches. Four IEDs had been planted in the unreserved compartments – only two of them exploded and the remaining two were recovered later.
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui lambasted the Indian government and stated that that acquittal of the self-confessed mastermind of the blasts, Swami Aseemanand, and other accused reconfirms the culture of impunity under the current government.