India and Pakistan have initiated steps to insure safety and security to the passengers of Samjhauta and Thar Express trains following the February 19 Samjhauta Express blast.
The two countries are contemplating introducing an Advance Information Passenger Information System (APIS) wherein both sides exchange information about details of the passenger travelling on these trains, Railway Ministry sources said.
While Indian Railways have already started sharing the passenger manifest of both the trains with the security and immigrant agencies at Aattari and Munabao railway stations, they have asked their Pakistani counterpart to do the same within their territory.
The two sides have also decided to screen passports of passengers travelling on each side and keeping a complete record including their addresses, Phone numbers and other details to know who is travelling from where, they said.
In order to provide adequate security, Samjhauta Express and Thar Express trains have been made fully reserved trains following the blast on the Samjhauta Express.
"With no unreserved coaches, we now have complete passenger details from their ticket reservation data a few hours prior to their boarding and departure of the train," they said adding the idea was being shared with security agencies at both the border stations.