Samjhauta Ex­press blast: NIA seeks more de­tails from US on LeT fi­nancier

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Shishir Gupta shishir.gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) is seek­ing more de­tails from the US on the in­volve­ment of a Lashkare-Taiba (LeT) fi­nancier in the 2007 Samjhauta Ex­press blast to wrap up probe into the ter­ror at­tack that left 68 peo­ple dead. A high-level del­e­ga­tion led by NIA di­rec­tor general Sharad Ku­mar left for New York on Satur­day to meet his US coun­ter­parts and get more de­tails about the in­volve­ment of the LeT fi­nancier Arif Qas­mani in the in­ci­dent, gov­ern­ment sources said.

The 68 peo­ple killed in the in­ci­dent on Fe­bru­ary 18, 2007 near Pa­ni­pat in­cluded both In­di­ans and Pak­ista­nis. On June 29, 2009, a United Na­tions com­mit­tee on al-Qaida and its af­fil­i­ates named the Karachi-based Qas­mani as the king­pin be­hind the Delhi-La­hore Samjhauta Ex­press blast and 2006 Mum­bai lo­cal train bomb blasts.

The sources said the NIA ap­proached the US gov­ern­ment in 2010 to know on what ba­sis it had pin­pointed Qas­mani’s in­volve­ment in the Samjhauta blasts. Wash­ing­ton replied say­ing they had noth­ing more to add or share.

It is nor­mal for in­tel­li­gence agen­cies not to share de­tailed in­for­ma­tion with even friendly coun­tries for fear of com­pro­mis­ing the source.

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