Lahore, Feb.26: Pakistan`s Communications Minister Shamim Siddiqui has assured that India would take Pakistan into confidence about the investigation into the Samjhauta Express tragedy.

Talking to newsmen at the residence of Rana Shaukat where he came to condole with Mr Rana over the death of his five children in the tragedy, the minister said that authorities in both New Delhi and Islamabad were coordinating with each other and sharing information about the ongoing probe.

He said that the points raised by Rana Shaukat regarding the tragedy would be useful in the investigations.

The coaches of the Samjhauta Express train, which connects New Delhi to Lahore, were gutted following two blasts near Panipat town, about 80 km (50 miles) north of New Delhi, on February 18, killing at least 66 people and injuring scores of others.

The Samjhauta Express was carrying around 527 passengers. The dead included three railway policemen.The victims include both nationals of Pakistan and India, officials said, adding that the explosions took place at midnight after the bi-weekly train left the Old Delhi Railway Station at 10:40 p.m.

According to reports, IEDs, low-intensity explosives and kerosene bombs were used in the blasts.

Rana Shaukat`s five children were buried in Faisalabad on Saturday afternoon at the Samanabad graveyard. The five children were Ayisha Tabassum 15, Asima Shahzadi 8, Muhammad Bilal 11, Amir Hamza 10 and Muhammad Rahman 6.

Rana Shaukat Ali, wife Rukhsana and their infant girl Aqsa were injured in the blasts.

Samjhauta rail link was restored in 1976, but was stopped after an attack on the Parliament on December 13, 2001. It started up again in 2004.

Bureau Report