Senate Standing Committee on Interior Chairperson Senator Rehman Malik said on Thursday that he will challenge the verdict of Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) regarding Samjhota Express bombing, in International Court of Justice.
“Besides, neither the Indian army personnel who supplied the explosives for the attack nor the Pakistani families who filed a petition were produced before the court,” he added. The families of the victims who lost their lives in the 2007 blast have been protesting outside Parliament against an Indian court’s acquittal of four accused, including Swami Aseemanand. He urged the United Nations, ICJ and human rights organisations to take notice of the Indian court verdict.
In March, the Special National Investigation Agency court in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh acquitted four men accused of Smajhuta blast.
The 2007 Samjhauta Express bombing was a terrorist attack that occurred around midnight on 18 February 2007 on the Samjhauta Express, a twice-weekly train service connecting Delhi, India, and Lahore, Pakistan. Bombs were set off in two carriages, both filled with passengers, just after the train passed Diwana near the Indian city of Panipat, 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of New Delhi. 70 people were killed in the ensuing fire and dozens more were injured. Of the 70 fatalities, most were Pakistani civilians. The victims also included some Indian civilians and three railway policemen.
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27 September, 2019