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Mockery of justice

FOREIGN Secretary Tehmina Janjua has termed the acquittal of four of the individuals accused in the Samjhota Express bombing case a “historic injustice”. A day after a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in India’s Haryana state acquitted the quartet, Janjua briefed the diplomatic corps in Islamabad on the injustice done to the 44 Pakistani victims of the 2007 Samjhota Express terrorist attack.
In February 2007, Hindu extremists had bombed the Samjhota Express, killing 68 people, at least 42 of whom were Pakistanis. It is regrettable that despite clear evidence, the Indian court acquitted the suspects, including Swami Aseemanand, mastermind of the heinous attacks and an activist of the Hindu terrorist organisation, RSS who had publicly confessed his involvement. Release of a terrorist who himself confessed to have committed the heinous crime is mockery of justice. The verdict has rubbed salt to the injuries of aggrieved families whose near and dear ones became victims of the terrorist act. Indian decision to gradually exonerate and finally acquit the perpetrators despite the presence of clear evidence against them, is a reflection of India’s callous insensitivity to the plight of the 44 families of the deceased Pakistanis, who have been waiting for more than a decade to see these terrorists brought to justice. It also demonstrates how India protects terrorists who publicly confessed their odious crimes. Though India did not share its finding with Pakistan but there were clear indications as reported by Indian media itself that leaders of different Hindu communal organisations — Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Abhinav Bharat, Jai Vande Matram and Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram — had planned, financed and supported the terrorist attack. In this backdrop, the selective judgement of the India court would encourage terrorist elements and outfits in that country to continue with their nefarious agenda against minorities especially Muslims.