Pakistan suspends Samjhauta Express!

Pakistani officials have barred the Samjhauta Express train service between Pakistan and India until further notice, a media report said on Thursday, amidst agitated bilateral ties in the consequence of the Pulwama terror attack.

The train departs on Monday and Thursday from Lahore.

The Samjhauta Express train service linking Pakistan and India has been halted until further notice, DawnNewsTV reported on Thursday, citing railway authorities.

The fortnightly train was scheduled to leave from Lahore with 16 passengers. It embarked on its journey from Karachi but the travellers are grounded at Lahore railway station.

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.

In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack by the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), pressures have intensified between India and Pakistan.

At least 40 CRPF personnel were martyred and many injured on February 14 in one of the bloodiest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a JeM suicide bomber drove a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of ammunition into their bus in Pulwama district.

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