Lalu assures early resumption of Thar Express to Pak delegation
New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) Railway Minister Lalu Prasad today assured a delegation of MQM leaders from Pakistan that the running of Thar Express between Munabao in Rajasthan and Khokrapar in Sindh, which has been suspended because of heavy floods, would resume by February-end.
Mr Prasad informed the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) delegation that because of torrential rains in the recent past, a lake-like situation had been created at some places along the route.
''Efforts are being made to ensure the resumption of the suspended train service. We hope to overcome the situation by February-end,'' he assured the delegation.
The delagtion comprised Muhammad Farooq Sattar, Leader of the MQM in Pakistan's National Assembly, two other members of the national assembly and three members of the Sindh Provincial Assembly.
Mr Prasad recalled his recent visit to Pakistan and his meetings with its President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and other leaders and said a number of things were common in both the countries.
''We should continue to boost trade, commerce and common road and rail links between the two countries. Such cooperation, especially the Thar Express rail link and the Samjhauta Express, has already given a great deal of relief to ordinary citizens of both the countries,'' he said.
He also said that fraternal feelings and friendship were the right approach for resolving all the disputes between India and Pakistan.
The Railway Minister's observation was greatly appreciated by the delegation members.
''There are leaders on the either side of the border, but you (Mr Prasad) are the one who belongs to both sides,'' they said.
Muhammad Sattar, who led the delegation, said his party fully supported the peace process between the two countries and wanted an early solution to the existing problems to usher in an era of peace and prosperity.
He also invited the Railway Minister to Pakistan by embarking on the Thar Express when it resumes its service in February next year.
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