The tension between India and Pakistan after Uri attack last week followed by Thursday’s surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC) has failed to dampen spirit of people travelling by the Sada-e-Sarhad Delhi-Lahore bus.
People of both the countries have been travelling fearlessly by the bus with no decline in number of passengers. On Friday, 15 people, all Pakistani nationals, travelled to Lahore from Delhi and had lunch at the Punjab Tourism-run restaurant at Kartarpur in Jalandhar district. Similarly, 20 people travelled from Lahore to Delhi.
Speaking to HT, a Pakistani passenger said: “Dono mulkon ke media se dar lagta hai. Dono taraf media ki koshish hai ki jung ho kar hi rahe. Log jung nahin chahte (We are afraid of the media in both the countries as they want a war, but people on both sides want peace),” he said.
Raj Thakur, an employee at the restaurant, said, “I am serving food to passengers of this bus for the past seven years and Friday was no different. Though there is tension between the two countries, it has not affected the passengers from both the countries.”