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Pakistan suspends Samjhauta Express "till further notice"

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Feb 28 2019 2:36PM
Pakistan suspends Samjhauta Express
New Delhi, Feb 28 (HS): Authorities in Islamabad have indefinitely suspended the Samjhauta Express, a decades-old train service between India and Pakistan. According to a statement by Pakistan''s foreign office, the train service with India has been suspended "till further notice". The move by Islamabad comes amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. Bilateral ties between the two countries have taken a severe beating after Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed carried out its latest terror attack in Pulwama, in which more than 40 paramilitary soldiers were martyred. "The operation of Samjhauta Express has been suspended today (Thursday) in view of the prevailing tensions between Pakistan and India," Pakistan''s foreign office spokesperson said in a statement. "Samjhauta Express will resume its operations as soon as the security situation improves between India and Pakistan," Pakistan''s foreign office added. 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. Hindusthan Samachar/Ashwani/Shri Ram\
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