Friday, January 2, 2015

Lakhvi case: Pakistan tells India to wait, reminds Samjuata blast case

Islamabad : Pakistan Thursday said India "unnecessarily" debated the bail granted to alleged 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, complaining that the Samjhauta Express blast accused have not yet been punished.

It was unfortunate that India started an unnecessary debate on the bail granted to Lakhvi, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said, reported Dawn online.

The case is currently in a court and everyone should wait for its decision, she sad.

The Samjhauta Express incident occurred two years before the Mumbai terror attack but those responsible still have not been punished, Aslam said, adding the Indian government did not share any investigation or findings with Pakistan in this regard despite promises.

She said Pakistan and India had worked out a mechanism to stop the violation of ceasefire at the Line of Control (LoC) but it was "unfortunate" that the Indian side was continually violating it.

“Pakistan has a vision for peace in the region and we tried, but India canceled the dialogue between foreign secretaries and now the onus is on India to proceed in this regard,” Aslam said.

Meanwhile, she said the fresh round of strategic dialogue between Pakistan and the US would be held in Islamabad this month with US Secretary of State John Kerry leading the American delegation.

The spokeswoman further said that Pakistan was very determined in countering terrorism and making the country free of militancy. Pakistan has carried out a comprehensive operation against terrorists in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), she said.-- PST

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