Pak should not politicise Samjhauta Blast verdict: India

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New Delhi, Mar 22: India on Friday said Pakistan did not cooperate during investigation and trial on the Samjhauta Express blast case of 2007 and now that the court verdict has come, Islamabad is only trying to ‘politicize it’.
“We reject Pakistan’s attempts to politicize the matter. It is being done to deflect attention from the failure in bringing the perpetrators of several militant attacks in India and the region to justice,” MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters here.
“We demand that Pakistan should take immediate, credible and irreversible measures against cross border militancy without any discrimination and without resorting to such gimmicks (its reactions to Samjhauta blast case verdict),” he said.
The MEA spokesman maintained – “We have got no cooperation whatsoever from Pakistan including our request to serve summons to witnesses who are in Pakistan”.
Answering questions, he said – “….there is complete lack of understanding on Pakistani side on how our judiciary functions. We have an independent judiciary and which also has been acknowledged by the international community”.
He further explained: “….in all cases that comes before a court, a due process is followed. The same due process was followed in this case and based on the merit of the case and taking into account all witnesses materials, the court has given a verdict. We respect the verdict”.
After a special court in Panchkula had acquitted Swami Aseemanand and three others in the Samjhauta Express Blast case on Wednesday, Pakistan Foreign Ministry had summoned the Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria in Islamabad to register its ‘protest’.
The Acting Foreign Secretary summoned the Indian High Commissioner to lodge Pakistan’s protest against the acquittal of all four accused, including Swami Aseemanand in the explosion in 2007, the Pakistan Foreign office said in Islamabad.
According to NIA counsel Rajan Malhotra, all the four accused Swami Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan and Rajinder Chaudhary have been acquitted by the court in Panchkula.
Close on the heels of Pakistan registering a ‘protest’ on Samjhauta Express Blast verdict, the government sources here said Indian envoy Ajay Bisaria had rejected Pakistan assertions.
“He highlighted that due process of law was followed by the Indian Courts and judicial system in a transparent manner. High Commissioner Bisaria called out the lack of cooperation from Pakistan Government including in serving Court summons to Pakistan witnesses in the case,” the source said.
These summons were ‘returned’ by Pakistan foreign office and “not served”.
“It was also pointed out that Pakistan is yet to take credible and irreversible steps against JeM, other militant entities and individuals, despite a detailed dossier having been shared after Pulwama attack,” the source has said.