Pakistan restores Samjhauta Express services to Delhi as bilateral tensions ease
Islamabad, Mar 04: Pakistani authorities on Monday restored the Samjhauta Express services between Lahore and Delhi, days after the train was suspended due to tense bilateral ties. The train departs on Monday and Thursday from Lahore.
The Samjhauta Express carrying about 150 passengers left Lahore railway station for India, Radio Pakistan reported.
The train, named after the Hindi word "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.
While Pakistan had cancelled its services right after an air strike by the Indian Air Force, India cancelled the operations of the Samjhauta Express on February 28.
The train services resumed from the Indian side on Sunday, while on the Pakistan side it will leave Lahore on Monday on its return journey.
On the Indian side the train runs from Delhi to Attari and from Lahore to Wagah on the Pakistan side.