Pak may seek access to Samjhauta blast suspects

Pakistan has said if India persisted with its demand for the extradition of Pakistani nationals linked to the Mumbai attacks,Islamabad would seek the handing over of persons involved in the 2007 bombing of the cross-border Samjhauta Express train.

Written by Agencies | Islamabad | Published:January 19, 2009 7:55 pm

Pakistan has said if India persisted with its demand for the extradition of Pakistani nationals linked to the Mumbai attacks,Islamabad would seek the handing over of persons involved in the 2007 bombing of the cross-border Samjhauta Express train.

After reports appeared in Indian media suggesting a possible link of the Malegaon blast accused with the train attack,political leaders here have been saying that the Government should seek the extradition of Indian nationals,including Col S K Purohit,for the Samjhauta bombing that killed nearly 70 people,including Pakistanis.

“If the Indian demand for handing over the accused in the Mumbai attacks persisted,then the accused of the Samjhauta Express case might be asked for” by Pakistan,Interior ministry chief Rehman Malik told Geo News yesterday.

India has asserted that perpetrators of terrorism in the country must be handed over to face ‘Indian justice’.

“The fact that dastardly terror crimes have been committed in India,therefore the perpetrators must face Indian justice,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee had said in New Delhi on Friday.

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