The Union government on Tuesday ruled out sharing of information with Pakistan on the probe into the Samjhauta Express bomb blasts at this stage, saying it was “too premature.”
New Delhi's response came a day after Islamabad asked India to provide an early update to it on the investigation into the 2007 blasts in the wake of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Swami Aseemanand admitting to his role in the incident.
The Home Ministry has informed the External Affairs Ministry to convey to Pakistan that India could not share details of the Samjhauta probe right now, as investigations by the National Investigation Agency were still at a preliminary stage.
“It is too premature to share any information with anyone at this stage. The investigation is still on. When it is completed, we will take an appropriate decision,” sources in the government said.
India should share with Pakistan the findings of its probe into the Samjhauta Express blast in which 42 Pakistanis were killed, Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit said in Islamabad on Tuesday.
He termed the blast a big conspiracy. Various elements, including “Indian terrorist network,” were involved in it, he said. “Forty-two people were killed in the blast, but India has never provided us a single report about it,” he told the state–run PTV.
“We want to discuss all strategic issues with India which were included in composite dialogues such as Kashmir, terrorism, Siachen, economic, cultural issues, etc,” he said.
The Kashmir issue must be resolved in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people and the United Nations resolutions, he noted.
He said it was difficult to sustain good ties with India without resolving the Kashmir issue. Responding a question, he said Pakistan, being a victim of terror itself, would of course want to discuss the issue with India.