Amidst tension Pak suspends Samjhauta Express operations

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The Hush Post| 12.19 am | two-minute-read

Amidst rising tension between Islamabad and New Delhi, Pakistan suspended Samjhauta Express operations on Thursday.

The Samjhauta Express is a train which runs from Lahore to Attari on Monday and Thursday every week.

“The decision to suspend the train service was taken to avert any untoward incident in light of heightened security concerns,” said Additional General Manager of the Pakistan Railways.

The train was scheduled to depart from Pakistan at 8.00 am with 16 passengers on Thursday.

Citing authorities of the Pakistan Railways, Pakistani channel DawnNewsTV claimed that the Samjhauta Express between Pakistan and India has been suspended until further notice.

Meanwhile, the Indian government on Wednesday said the train service will be on schedule despite mounting tension between India and Pakistan.

The Railways added that the train departed on time from New Delhi with 27 passengers onboard. “The train running from Delhi to Attari in India left at 11:20 pm on Wednesday. There are three Pakistanis and 24 Indian nationals aboard the train,” Northern Railway said.

The Samjhauta Express, named after the Hindi word for “agreement,” has six sleeper coaches and an AC 3-tier coach.

The train service was started on July 22, 1976 under the Shimla Agreement between the two nations.

It may be recalled that on February 18, 2007, there were twin blasts in Samjhauta Express. It resulted in 68 deaths and dozens of passengers getting injured. Most of those killed in the blast were Pakistani nationals.

 

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