With Islamabad reportedly seeking to link Samjhauta Express blast to Mumbai attacks and seeking information on it,India on Monday night said Pakistan was trying to raise old issues but promised to share whatever is possible.
Hours after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was reported to have said that his country was awaiting a response to questions,External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said India is examining the queries posed by the neighbouring country.
“What they have done,they have raised some questions…. The responses will be,in wherever it is possible,in whatever way we can send response to those questions they have raised,will be sent,” he told reporters.
On Qureshi’s reported contention that Mumbai attacks and Samjhauta blast of February 2007 were inter-linked,Mukherjee said “the question is that all these developments took place out of Mumbai terror attacks.”
He noted that after Samjhauta Express blast they had held discussions when Qureshi was here in November,coincidentally on the very day of the attacks in Mumbai.
“Therefore,if somebody tries to bring certain issues which are old,it may have some relevance,they may have some information and whichever information they have shared with us,we will examine that and take corrective action,” Mukherjee said.
“These issues are still being examined and and we should have to work into it,” Mukherjee said on the questions sent by Pakistan.
Pakistan,in response to Indian dossier of evidence on Mumbai attacks,has sent 30 questions.
Crucially,these include ones related to Lt Col Srikant Purohit,who has been arrested in connection with Malegaon blasts. Some have suspected that he could have been involved in the Samjhauta Express blast.
According to “Dawn” newspaper of Pakistan,Qureshi had told reporters in Multan that the Samjhauta Express incident and the Mumbai attacks were inter-connected and that the probe into November 26,2008 Mumbai attack could continue only if India responds to questions raised by Pakistan.
However,the newspaper gave no quotations or details about his purported remarks.
Qureshi had on Monday sought India’s cooperation in ensuring the prosecution and conviction of Pakistani suspects arrested for involvement in the Mumbai terrorist attacks.