After Samjhauta, uncertainty looms over Thar Express service


JODHPUR: After the disruption of the Samjhauta Express service at Wagah border, there was apprehension on Friday that Thar Express which links India and Pakistan across the Rajasthan border could be suspended.

The train has been running between Jodhpur?s Bhagat ki Kothi station to Karachi every Friday night since services resumed on February 18, 2006 after a 41-year suspension.

Though there was no official word to North Western Railway?s Jodhpur division on any cancellation, uncertainty loomed during the day.

There were reports that Pakistan has suspended the Thar Express service following its decision to downgrade bilateral ties after India revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.

We have not received any communication or information from any side till now regarding Thar Express. As per the current information, it will depart as scheduled today, Jodhpur division spokesperson Gopal Sharma said.

On Thursday, Pakistan?s Federal Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told the media in Islamabad that Samjhauta Express train has been suspended. But Indian Railway officials said they had no information on it from the neighbouring country on it.