India will share Samjhauta details once probe ends: Rao

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Thimphu, Feb 8 (PTI) India has assured Pakistan thatit would not hesitate from sharing the findings of SamjhautaExpress blast case but expressed inability to do so till theprobe is not completed as Indian laws do not permit it.

This message was conveyed by Foreign SecretaryNirupama Rao during her meeting with her Pakistani counterpartSalman Bashir here on Sunday when the latter raised the issueof Samjhauta Express blast case in which latest indicationsshow involvement of some Hindu extremists.

"We talked about Samjhauta (Express blast)," Rao toldreporters here when asked whether the Pakistani side raisedthe issue in the light of new reported information in thecase.

She said she had told Bashir that India would also beinterested in knowing as to what happened in the incident ofFebruary 2007 when an explosion ripped apart the cross-bordertrain killing 68 people, mostly Pakistanis.

"We said there is an investigation going on," Raosaid.

"Whatever relevant information would be there, we willshare it with Pakistan because a number of Pakistanis died inthat and the Pakistan government has been asking us," shesaid.

The Foreign Secretary said Home Minister P Chidambaramhas also said on record that as and when information would beavailable, it would be shared with Pakistan.

However, she added that under Indian laws, untilinvestigations are complete "you are not going to be able toshare the information".

To a question, Rao said India looks at terrorism justas an act of terrorism and nothing else.

With regard to the 26/11 issue, she said Pakistan hadresponded to India''s request for sending a Commission toIslamabad, asking certain clarifications.

The clarifications included questions like under whichlaws India would like to send the Commission, she said, addingthat India had never said that a team of NationalInvestigation Agency (NIA) would be going there.

Meanwhile, India is also awaiting a response to theclarification sought by it on Pakistan''s request for sending aJudicial Commission to take the statements of the magistratewho recorded the confession of Ajmal Kasab, the lone 26/11attacker arrested.

In this context, she laid emphasis on reciprocity orthe Principal of Comity, a legal doctrine under whichcountries recognise and enforce each others'' legal decrees.


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