The blast killed 68 people. Pakistan says 44 of its nationals lost their lives. The blast ripped apart two coaches of the train. The train service was launched in July 1976 after the signing of the historic Shimla Agreement between the two countries.
On March 11, when the court was expected to pronounce its verdict, an application was filed by advocate Momin Malik on behalf of Rahila Wakil, daughter of blast victim Muhammad Wakil, and a resident of Hafizabad in Pakistan Punjab.
Sources in Delhi said Bisaria rejected Pakistan’s assertions and called out lack of cooperation from the Pakistan government, including in serving court summons to Pakistani witnesses. The summons were returned by Pakistan’s foreign office, the sources said.
The court issued notice to the NIA and the accused for March 14, seeking their replies to the application moved by Pakistan Punjab’s Hafizabad resident Rahila Wakil, daughter of victim Muhammad Wakeel, through Panipat-based advocate Momin Malik.