Protest against acquittal of Samjhauta Express blast accused

F.P. Report

LAHORE: A protest demonstration was recorded by the affectees of the Samjhauta Express blast outside the Punjab Assembly building.

On Feb 19, 2007, two bombs exploded on board Samjhauta Express bound from India to Pakistan, sparking a fire that killed at least 66 passengers.

Most of the victims of the blast were Pakistanis.

The protesters chanted high-pitched slogans against the acquittal of the accused in the incident by by the Indian court.

They demanded to trial the case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as the decision of the Indian court is biast.

An Indian court on Wednesday (March 20) had released accused persons in the Samhauta Express blast.

According to Indian media, the National Investigation Agency Court had acquitted an accused named Swami Aseemanand and three others in the Samjhauta Express blast case.

The NIA court in Panchkula also dismissed the application seeking permission for deposition of Pakistani witnesses in the case.

The Foreign Office had strongly condemned the release of accused of the blast.

The spokesperson said it was a major disappointment for families of 42 Pakistanis, who lost their loved ones in the blast. This is an extreme step by the India, he remarked.

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