• Time to Internationalize Samjhauta Express case

    Foreign Secretary briefed the Islamabad Diplomatic Corps on the historic injustice done to the forty-four Pakistanis killed in the Samjhauta Express terrorist attack in 2007 in India, with the acquittal of all four perpetrators, including Swami Aseemanand, the mastermind of the heinous attacks and an activist of the Hindu terrorist organization, RSS. A Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court in India's Haryana state acquitted four individuals on March 20. Foreign Secretary stressed that the NIA itself had earlier charge-sheeted the perpetrators. Around 224 witnesses of the total 299 testified before the court. Indian media reported extensively about the connection between the Samjhauta Terrorist Attacks and Hindu extremists, including Lieutenant Colonel Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur who were subsequently arrested in October 2008, including for provision of (Research department explosive (RDX). On 18 December 2010, Swami Aseemanand publicly confessed before the New Delhi court that Hindu terror outfits were behind the blasts. Foreign Secretary stressed that despite repeated requests by Pakistan for a fair trial and expeditiously bringing the perpetrators to justice, after a lapse of more than 11 years. Nearly 70 people were killed in the train blasts, which took place near Panipat in Haryana on February 18, 2007. Indian approach of hatred against Muslims is crossing all etiquettes and norms. International community needs to intervene and ask India to behave in a decent way. One is surprised over the judgment. The very confessional statements of Swami Aseemanand, a key figure in the Hindutva terror network, and others of their involvement in Samjhauta terror attack were sufficient to sentence and award the culprits a strict punishment. Given the posture of Indian leadership, Pakistan should not expect that any justice will be done in the case with the victim families. The injustice meted out to the victim families of Samjhauta express must be taken up strongly at all the international forums including during bilateral meetings with the world leaders. If India can move the ICJ over the arrest of its terrorist-spy Kulbhushan Yadav who was involved in sabotage activities in Pakistan, then why cannot we do the same? If NIA does not file an appeal against the verdict, Pakistan should take the matter to International Court of Justice and United Nations Human Rights Council.

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