Samjhauta express blast and Mumbai attacks interlinked, India to respond

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New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): With Pakistan reportedly slating that the Samjhauta Express blast and 26/11 Mumbai attacks were interlinked, India said Pakistan was trying to raise "old" issues.

Pakistani newspaper Dawn, on February 16, quoted Qureshi as saying, "If India wanted to punish the culprits of the Mumbai attacks, it should reply to the 30 questions raised by Pakistan because answers to these questions were necessary for completion of investigation."

In response to Qureshi's remarks, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said that India is examining the queries and will send the response whenever it is possible.

Pakistan also suspects Lt. Colonel Prasad Purohit's involvement in the Samjhauta Express blasts.

Last year ,the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had exposed that Purohit supplied the RDX used in the Samjhauta Express blast on February 18, 2007 that killed 68 passengers.

Maintaining a cooperative attitude on the joint Mumbai attack probe, Mukherjee said, "....if somebody tries to bring certain issues which are old, it may have some relevance, they may have some information and whichever information they have shared with us, we will examine that and take corrective action." (ANI)

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