India slams Pakistan for comments on Samjhauta blast verdict; says Islamabad 'politicising' the case

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. Photograph:( ANI )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 22, 2019, 07.52 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

India on Friday slammed Pakistan for its comments on Samjhauta Express judgement. Rejecting Pakistan's assertion, India accused Islamabad of ''politicising'' the matter and indulging in ''gimmicks''.

"We reject Pakistan's attempt to politicise the matter. It is being done to deflect the attention from failure to bring the perpetrator of several terrorist attacks in India and the region to justice," the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a press conference.

He told Pakistan to take "immediate, credible and irreversible measures against cross border terror without any discrimination."

Acting foreign secretary in Islamabad summoned the Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria after the Samjhauta verdict was announced and Pakistan registered its protest against the absolution of the accused. 

Pakistan called it travesty of justice and ''one that exposes the sham credibility of the Indian Courts."

Coming down heavily on Pakistan, the MEA spokesperson said,"There is complete lack of understanding on the Pakistan side as to how our judiciary functions. We have an independent judiciary whose functions are guaranteed by the constitution and it has been acknowledged by the international community. In all the cases that comes up before the court, a due process is followed, same due process was also followed in this case."

Adding that the  judgement by special NIA court in Panchkula was "based on the merit of the case and taking into account all the witnesses and material at the disposal of court and we respect the verdict of the court."

India said that despite its request to summon the witnesses in Pakistan, Islamabad did not respond. 

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"We reject Pakistan's attempt to politicise the matter. It is being done to deflect the attention from failure to bring the perpetrator of several terrorist attacks in India and the region to justice," the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a press conference.