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Pakistan suspends Samjhauta Express service amid prevailing tensions

Pakistani authorities have suspended the Samjhauta Express train service between Pakistan and India until further notice, an official said Thursday, amidst tense bilateral ties in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. The train departs on Monday and Thursday from Lahore. The biweekly train was scheduled to depart from Lahore with 16 passengers.

The train embarked on its journey from Karachi but stopped at Lahore railway station after officials suspended its service. The Samjhauta Express, named after the Hindi word for “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.

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