Pak may seek Samjhauta blast suspects, says Rehman Malik
Pak's interior ministry chief has said if India persisted with its demand for the extradition of Pak nationals linked to the Mumbai attacks, then Islamabad might seek the extradition of 2007 Samjhauta blast suspects. See specialworld Updated: Jan 19, 2009 21:27 IST
Pakistan has said if India persisted with its demand for the extradition of Pakistani nationals linked to the Mumbai attacks, Islamabad would seek the handing over of persons involved in the 2007 bombing of the cross-border
After reports appeared in Indian media suggesting a possible link of the Malegaon blast accused with the train attack, political leaders in Islamabad have been saying that the government should seek the extradition of Indian nationals, including Col S K Purohit, for the Samjhauta bombing that killed nearly 70 people, including Pakistanis.
"If the Indian demand for handing over the accused in the Mumbai attacks persisted, then the accused of the Samjhauta Express case might be asked for" by Pakistan, Interior ministry chief Rehman Malik told Geo News on Sunday.
India has asserted that perpetrators of terrorism in the country must be handed over to face "Indian justice".
"The fact that dastardly terror crimes have been committed in India, therefore the perpetrators must face Indian justice," External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee had said in New Delhi on Friday.
First Published: Jan 20, 2009 09:34 IST