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Pakistan to demand handing over of Col. Purohit from India
By Makhdoom Babar

ISLAMABAD— Government of Pakistan is set to demand handing over of Lt. Col. Shrikant Purohit of Indian Army, the main accused of 2007 Samjhauta Express inferno in which 69 Pakistani passengers, returning from India to Pakistan were killed, The Daily Mail has learnt on good authority.

Highly reliable sources have revealed to The Daily Mail that Pakistan is going to insist on handing over of Col. Purohit because he was proved guilty of killing 69 Pakistanis in 2007 by India’s own investigative agencies. It may mentioned here that India’s anti-terrorism specialist and formal RAW’s officer Mr. Hemant Karkare, who was investigating Samjhauta Express inferno and Malegaon Blast in his final conclusion report, framed Col. Purohit as the main accused and mastermind in both the cases and arrested Col. Purohat for further investigations. However Mr. Karkare and two other members of his Investigation Team were later killed by Saffron Terrorists, belonging to Sang Parivar’s Aatma Ghataki Pathak (Hindu Suicide Squad), during Mumbai carnage, while after Karkare’s assassination Col. Purohit was also released on bail by the court and there are no further investigations on this direction and the matter has been hushed up.

The Daily Mail’s investigation reveals further that the Pakistan authorities have taken an exception note of findings of Karkare’s investigation and are very anxious to get hold of Lt. Col. Shrikant Purohit to investigate him further to ascertain in his involvement in the killing of many other Pakistanis in different terror attacks inside Pakistan and also in India, since it has been established through Karkare’s report that Col. Purohit is an important member of the network of Hindu Extremists and like minded officer in Indian Army. The authorities believe that handing over of Col. Purohit to Pakistan, who is a proved accused of massacre of 69 Pakistanis, is more important than handing over of certain Pakistani “suspects”, doubted to be involved in Mumbai carnage.

It may be mentioned here that the Pakistan has already prepared a list of 35 most wanted terrorists that are to be sought from India, however Col. Purohit’s name was earlier not on that list and his name is to be given separately in wake of the Karakare’s investigations. However due to Mumbai incident that occurred soon after release of Karakare’s report, Islamabad could not initiate the move but now it has become imperative to go ahead with Col. Purohit’s handing over demand. It is yet to be decided that when and how this demand is to be made.


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