India to ask Pak to deport 60 fugitives

NSA meet: Delhi expects Islamabad to raise Samjhauta blast issue

India to ask Pak to deport 60 fugitives

Getting ready for tough talk during the National Security Adviser-level meeting, India has decided to list its demand for deportation of 60 fugitives holed up in Pakistan while vociferously dismissing any comparison of the Samjhauta blasts with Mumbai terror attack.

The talks between A K Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz on Sunday is expected to see both India and Pakistan trying not to  concede an inch while making the opponent budge on their crucial concerns.

New Delhi will hand over to Aziz a dossier of 60 fugitives, including Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon, who have taken refuge in Pakistan and enjoying patronage of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Another point the Indian side would likely use is the evidence about three terrorists, who carried out attacks in Gurdaspur and the two terrorists who struck in Udhampur, one of whom was caught alive, after sneaking in from Pakistan. India is expecting Pakistan to raise the Samjhauta Express blast issue in which majority of the victims were Pakistanis and link it with Mumbai terror attack case.

Islamabad is likely to raise the bail granted to accused Swami Aseemanand and the government’s refusal to grant permission to file an appeal against it.

Doval is expected to firmly tell his Pakistani counterpart, if he raises it, that Pakistan’s attempt to compare Samjhauta Express blast and Mumbai terror attack on the same footing holds no water.

India is expected to point out that the Mumbai terror attack was carried out by Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists with active connivance of the ISI while Samjhauta blast had no such aspect.

New Delhi will also point out that all accused in the case are still in jail and the trial is on track while Pakistan has not moved forward in the Mumbai attack case.

Also, Doval is likely to point out that Islamabad had not acted upon the Letters Rogatory sent in connection with the Mumbai terror attack case. India may also hand over the statement given by Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Naved, who was arrested in Udhampur, during the talks.

 Though Naved had said that he is a Pakistani, the neighbouring country has denied that he is their citizen.

Naved in his statement claims that LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and Pakistan Army officers visited the terror camp once in a while and gave them motivational speech.

 

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