New Delhi: Amid India-Pakistan tensions, Islamabad on Monday restored the Samjhauta Express services between Lahore and the national capital, days after the train was suspended due to tense bilateral ties. It must be noted that train departs every Monday and Thursday from Lahore.
This news comes two days after the Indian Railways on Saturday announced that it has restored the services of Samjhauta Express. The train will leave from national capital for Pakistan on Sunday, March 3. New Delhi had also announced that both countries have agreed to operationalise services at their ends. The train operates from Delhi on every Wednesday and Sunday.
The footfall of Samjhauta Express, which generally records an occupancy of around 70 per cent, had fallen drastically post the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed.
Tensions escalated between India and Pakistan in the wake of the Pulwama attack by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed on Indian soil, where 40 CRPF jawans were martyred.
The Samjhauta Express, named after the Hindi word for “agreement”, comprises six sleeper coaches and an AC 3-tier coach. The train service was started on July 22, 1976 under the Shimla Agreement that settled the 1971 war between the two nations. On the Indian side, the train runs from Delhi to Attari and from Lahore to Wagah on the Pakistan side.