Visas of Thar express passengers extended for a week

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Jodhpur, Dec 31 (UNI) The Home Department have extended the visas of about 274 Pakistanis for a week who were stranded here due to the cancellation of the Thar express on last Friday following the violence in the aftermath of the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Banazir Bhutto.

Divisional Railway Manager (Jodhpur) SK Sood said ''the visas of the Pak passengers have been extended for a week and it hoped that situation there would improve to resume the service of the train next Friday''.

Though the visa period of the passengers have been extended the stranded passengers have been not provided with additional facilities like accomodation or food inviting criticism. Kulsum a passenger pointed out that since most of the passengers are not from Jodhpur and poor they were expecting some relief from the railways and government authorities.

Divisional Railways Manager Sood washed off his hands by saying that ''there is no direction from the Railways for providing any additional facilities. The passengers are free to use the normal facilites at the Bhagat ki Kothi railway station''.

The passengers are faced with the challenge of spending a week more here braving the extreme cold conditions with their meager resources.

UNI

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