Pakistan suspends Samjhauta Express for security reasons

Samjhauta Express, the train between India and Pakistan, has been suspended in what is seen as a step taken by Pakistan with reference to India’s stance on Kashmir. Previously this week, India hit down Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, giving it the position of a union territory and separating it from Ladakh.

Apparently, Pakistan suspended Samjhauta Express as a move of objection against India’s move in Jammu & Kashmir. In a confirmation by the Indian Railways, the train has been put off at Wagah Border. The train service was started in 1976 as an initiative after the Simla Agreement. Its holdup has led to a number of travellers, who are now stuck.

A senior official from the Indian Railways said that “When we received the information from the Pakistani authorities at around 2:14 pm, we assured them that there are no security concerns and the train should come here. However, we also told them that if necessary, an Indian crew and guard will escort the train to Attari.”

A new development proposes that Pakistan has demanded India to send a squad to get the train back to India. It is informed but not confirmed that an Indian crew has will soon be reaching Attari with the train. The neighbouring country has quoted safety reasons behind its move to suspend Samjhauta Express.

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