Pakistan suspends Samjhota Express train service: railways minister

sheikh rasheed

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Thursday it would suspend a rail service linking it to India, as relations with its arch rival continue to sour.

“We have decided to shut down Samjhauta Express,” Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed told a news conference on Thursday, in reference to the train running between New Delhi and Lahore.

“As long as I am railways minister, Samjhauta Express can’t operate”. Rasheed posted on his Twitter account.

While addressing a presser in Islamabad, Rasheed said that “[regardless of the suspension] two special trains will run on Eid. We are trying to improve the train schedule, timing, coaches and hygiene”.

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 Simla Agreement that settled the 1971 war between the two nations.

The railway minister assured that people who had bought tickets will be reimbursed.

Reported by: Muhammad Talha Akhtar