India cancels Samjhauta Link Exp

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New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) Five days after the Indian Railways cancelled Samjhauta Link Express running between Delhi and Atari, the Northern Railway on Friday said it has cancelled the train till further notice.
In a statement, Northern Railway spokesperson Deepak Kumar said, “Consequent to Pakistan’s decision to cancel Samjhauta Express running between Lahore and Atari, the Link Express running between Delhi and Atari also stands cancelled till further advice.”
Last Thursday, Pakistan announced it was permanently discontinuing Samjhauta Express following New Delhi’s move to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating the state into two union territories.
The cross-broder Samjhauta Express arrived in the national capital last Friday with 110 passengers on board. The Samjhauta Express ran twice a week from Lahore to Attari via the Wagah railway station.
The train service was suspended earlier this year after military tensions escalated between the two neighbors following the Pulwama attack and Balakot air strike.
In a statement, North Western Railway (NWR) spokesperson Abhay Sharma said: “Till further orders, Bhagat Ki Kothi-Munabao-Bhagat Ki Kothi and Munabo-Zero Point-Munabao Thar Express services will also remain suspended.”
The Thar Link Express runs on the Indian side between Bhagat Ki Kothi railway station in Rajasthan to Munabao, bordering Pakistan.
From Munabao, after clearing customs, passengers travel to the other side of the border to Zero Point station from where the Thar Express takes them to the Pakistani city of Karachi.

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