Jat stir: Pakistan cancels Samjautha Express

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Feb 22, 2016 22:48 IST

The biweekly Lahore-Attari Samjhauta Express was cancelled on Monday in view of the widespread violence in Haryana due to the ongoing Jat agitation.

The Samjhauta Express was to arrive at Attari from Lahore on Monday. The Pakistan Railways, however, informed their Indian counterparts of the decision to cancel the train.

The reason for cancellation of the Attari-Lahore train comes following the decision of the Indian Railways to cancel the Attari--New Delhi Special, an extension of the Samjhauta Express, that transports incoming passengers from Pakistan to New Delhi.

The train from Delhi, which operates on the same day as the train from Lahore, also brings passengers from the Indian capital city to Attari, for their onward journey to Lahore.

Besides Monday, the Lahore-Attari train also runs on Thursday. The railway authorities of the two nations will review the situation and then decide whether the train will run on Thursday, a senior railway official told HT.

Meanwhile, the Lahore-New Delhi bus services have also been put on hold till the situation normalises in Haryana.

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