new Delhi : After the removal of Article 370 from Kashmir, Pakistan has stopped the second train service between India and Pakistan, Thar Express after the Samjhauta Express. This train runs from Munabao of Barmer to Khokhrapar in Sindh province of Pakistan. Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan had decided to stop the Samjhauta train service forever. Pakistan Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed made this announcement. The Thar Express is a weekly passenger train
Islamabad has closed both international links connecting India and Pakistan in the backdrop of New Delhi's decision to remove the status of special state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Samjhauta Express reached Delhi carrying 76 Indians, 41 Pakistani passengers, train stuck in Attari
On these steps of Pakistan, India's Foreign Ministry has said that unilateral decisions have been taken from Pakistan, from trade to Samjhauta Express. An attempt is being made by Pakistan to describe it as an alarming situation. Pakistan is nervous. They feel that with this step of India, they will not be able to support terrorism. As far as Article 370 is concerned, it is an internal matter of India.
Actually, Thar Express is the oldest rail service running between India and Pakistan. Munabao and Khokhrapar are the last frontier stations in India and Pakistan respectively. The rail service was halted after the 1965 Indo-Pakistani War due to damaged tracks, which was resumed on 18 February 2006 after 41 years.
Earlier on Thursday, it was announced by Pakistan to close the Samjhauta Express forever. The Railway Minister of Pakistan had said Rashid Ahmad Khan, who has already bought tickets for this, refunds will be returned without any charge deducted.
Pakistan stops Samjhauta Express, India sends engine, train back to Attari
Therefore, the Samjhauta Express running between India and Pakistan departed from Attari with a delay of about four and a half hours. The train reached Delhi at around half past eight. It went from Attari to Delhi at half past one.
A total of 117 passengers reached Delhi by Samjhauta Express. These included 76 Indians and 41 Pakistani nationals. The Samjhauta Express was stopped at the Wagah border citing security concerns, following which an Indian crew and guard escorted the train from the attic towards India.