2007 Indian train bombing, who were acquitted by a special court.
India has said the due process of law was followed in the trial of four people, accused of plotting and carrying out the 2007 Samjhautha Express blasts, who were acquitted by a special court on Wednesday.
This message was conveyed by the Indian High Commisioner Ajay Bisaria to the Pakistani foreign office that had summoned him to protest the acquittal of the four.
Bisaria “highlighted the due process of law was followed by the Indian Courts and judicial system in a transparent manner,” two people familiar with the developments said separately.
The Samjhauta Express, one of the few rail link between India and Pakistan, was bombed in February 2007. Four improvised explosive devices were planted on the train on 18 February 2007, in which 68 lives were lost. At least 42 of the dead were Pakistani nationals.
The bi-weekly train that runs on Wednesdays and Sundays between Delhi and Attari in India and Lahore in Pakistan, has played a key role in improving people-to-people contacts between the two countries partitioned at the end of British rule in 1947.
An investigation, conducted over almost one year, established that the entire conspiracy was hatched between 2005 and 2007 by the four suspects including Swami Aseemanand.
Aseemanand was one of those acquitted on Wednesday.
Bisaria also “called out the lack of cooperation from Pakistan Government including in serving Court summons to Pakistani witnesses in the case,” one of the two people cited above said.
“These summons were returned by Pakistan foreign office and not served,” the first person cited above said.
Bisaria also asked for expeditious trial in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack in 2008 in which “detailed evidence has been given to Pakistan,” the second person said.
“He expressed disappointment that progress in these trials is held up and the perpetrators and prime accused continue to roam freely in Pakistan” the second person said.
Bisaria also shared India’s concerns at the lack of progress in investigations in 2016 Pathankot airbase terror attack even when a visit by a joint investigation team was arranged and detailed evidence shared with Islamabad.
“It was also pointed out that Pakistan is yet to take credible and irreversible steps against Jaish e Mohammed and other terror entities and individuals, despite a detailed dossier having been shared after (14 February) Pulwama attack,” the second person said.