Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator A. Rehman Malik today on Friday joined the protest of victims’ families of Samjhauta Express in front of Parliament House and took their matter in the Senate Standing Committee on Interior for further deliberation.
The families of the victims who lost their lives in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast are protesting outside Parliament House against the verdict of Indian Court in which the four accused of the blast including Swami Aseemanand were acquitted despite of all evidences for their involvement. They said that for nearly 12 years they waited for a verdict that they could give justice to them but in vain. Senator A. Rehman Malik, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior joined the protest of the victim families on their request and convinced them to go inside Parliament as their matter is of highest national interest and shall be taken up in the meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Interior. The victim families included Rana Shoukat Ali, Raheela Wakeel and some 20 others attended the meeting duly presided by Senator A. Rehman Malik, in which their statements were recorded. The meeting was also attended by the senior officials from Ministry of Law and Interior.
Rana Shoukat Ali who had lost five children including three sons and two daughters in the said blast of Samjhauta Express is the eye witness of the whole tragedy as how the Indian terrorists managed to carry out the attack. He briefed the Chairman Senator A. Rehman Malik and said that after the verdict on Samjhauta Express he (Rehman Malik) was the first to listen to them in a proper meeting. Rana Shaukat told the Committee that in 2007, he went to India with his family and he was returning back through Samjhauta Express the day it was attacked. He said that he saw his children and many others burning, crying and dying. He stated that on the day of incident train departed one hour late and the lights of the train remained off till Pakistanis were seated. He said as the train left for the destination, some Indian police officials came to us and started investigation mysteriously. Rana Shoukat told the Committee that during Indian custody, he was tortured and harassed and was forced to record his statement against anyone as many Pakistanis were paraded before him for identity of the accused. “Every time I told them to bring the real culprits in front of me that I can recognize them”, he added. He also said that Indian Court never summoned him for the statements as they knew that his statements are based on reality.
Ms. Raheela Wakeel who has lost her father in Samjhauta Express blast of 2007 told the Committee that she was also never summoned by the Indian Court to record her statement despite the fact that she was the victim. She said that her father Muhammad Wakeel died in the Samjhauta Express blast and she is the victim. She said that her family did not receive the dead body of her father till today. She told the Committee that she was offered by the then Indian Railway Minister Lalu Parshad to recognize any dead body as her father and she will be given a hefty amount as bribe but she refused every offer.