India, Pakistan extend pact on trans-border train services for 3 years


India and Pakistan have extended a nearly four-decade-old agreement on trans-border train services for three years, the external affairs ministry said on Friday.
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The agreement between the two governments on rail communication was extended by “mutual consent through diplomatic channels” from January 19, 2016 to January 18, 2019, a statement said.

The pact, signed on June 28, 1976, enables trans-border train services for both freight and passenger traffic.

The two sides currently have only two trans-border trains. The Samjhauta Express operates on the Delhi-Lahore route via the Attari-Wagah border crossing and carries both passengers and freight.

The Thar Express links Jodhpur and Karachi via the Munabao-Khokhrapar border crossing and carries only passengers.

The Munabao-Khokhrapar link was destroyed during the 1965 war between the two countries. The service was revived after 41 years in February 2006.

The Samjhauta Express runs twice a week. Nearly 60 people, most of Pakistanis, were killed when the train was bombed in February 2007.