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12 bodies handed over to Pak families

Source: PTI
February 22, 2007 19:28 IST
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The bodies of 12 victims of the Samjhauta Express blasts were on Thursday handed over to their families at the zero line at Wagah border.

In the wee hours, the bodies of Syed Iftkhar Ali (40), Ashraf Jha (35), Rajia Sultana (51), Haroon (62), a girl child Mehak and a small boy Syed Assam Ali were handed over to their relatives in the wee hours.

On Thursday morning, five more bodies were handed over to Pakistan Rangers who in turn gave them to their relatives. Seven bodies -- including six of one family -- were flown to Karachi.

The grief stricken families at the Indo-Pak border condemned terrorism in both countries. "We cannot afford terror acts anywhere, whether it happens in India or Pakistan. Whether the people died on Indian soil or on Pakistan soil, both the things are painful for us since most of our relatives live in India," said a victim's relative Ishaq Ali.

"We are thankful to Allah who made the circumstances so that the bodies of our family relatives arrived in Pakistan, as their last rites could be performed on Pakistan's soil," said Ali with moist eyes.

"Terrorism is not acceptable, which take away the human life, nobody would like it either in India or in Pakistan's soil," said Syed Imtiaz Ali, another relative of a dead passenger. "People are fed up, we want to live in a peaceful atmosphere," he said.

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