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Amritsar-Nankana bus service launch deferred

Pakistan has conveyed to India that its preparations for the service have not been completed.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 18:44 IST

The launch of bus service between Amritsar and Nankana Sahib in Pakistan has been deferred, with Islamabad seeking postponement of the inaugural run from March 10 to March 24.

Pakistan has conveyed to India that its preparations for the service have not been completed.

As a result, the inaugural run from Amritsar should be postponed to March 24, official sources said in New Delhi on Monday.

Islamabad has requested that the inaugural run of the service from Nankana Sahib be undertaken on March 28, they said.

The Pakistani request has been accepted by India, the sources said.

The two countries had decided in January to run the bus service keeping in view the sentiments of people of Punjab.

The people have been seeking a direct transport link to Nankana Sahib, birthplace of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak.

A trial run of the service was conducted on January 27-28 and Indian officials, after travelling by the bus, had expressed satisfaction with regard to the arrangements by Pakistan.

Subsequently, it was decided that the service will start on March 10.

The two countries have already launched a bus service between Amritsar and Lahore, linking two sides of Punjab.

First Published: Mar 06, 2006 18:44 IST