Pakistan Samjhauta Express service suspended

New Delhi: Two days after the Indian Parliament passed a bill to overturn Article 370, Pakistan on Thursday suspended the Samjhauta Express service, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded on the Wagah-Attari border.
Notably, on Wednesday Pakistan downgraded diplomatic relations with India and suspended bilateral trade in view of New Delhi’s “unilateral and illegal” move to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
It decided to expel Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and suspend bilateral trade with India.
The Indian government on Monday abolished Article 370 of the Constitution granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir and divided the state into two union territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Samjhauta Express, commonly called Friendship Express, is a bi-weekly train – Thursday and Monday – which runs between Delhi and Attari to Pakistan between India and Lahore in Pakistan.
The train started after the Simla Agreement on 22 July 1976 and ran approximately 52 km between Amritsar and Lahore. After disturbances in Punjab in the late eighties, due to security reasons, the Indian Railways decided to terminate service in the attic, where customs and immigration clearance takes place.
On 14 April 2000, in an agreement between the Indian Railways and the Pakistan Railways (PR), the distance was revised to cover just under three km.
It was a daily train when the service started in 1994 and changed to a bi-weekly schedule. Earlier the rakes returned home on the same day but later in 2000 the rake remained overnight at that place.

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