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The weekly Jodhpur-Munabao Thar Link Express has been suspended by the government of India over the arising tensions with Pakistan due to the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir. Prior to this India also cancelled Samjhauta Express from its end after Pakistan’s announcement of suspension of all train services to India in the first week of August 2019. Samjhauta Express runs from Delhi to Attari on Indian side and from Lahore to Wagah on the Pakistan side. The service was started in 1976 following Shimla Agreement.

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Background and Overview

  • With an aim to promote and facilitate people to people interaction between the two countries, the agreement to link two countries by rail service through Munabao-Khokhrapar link was signed in 2006.

  • The Munabao-Khokhrapar rail link was destroyed during 1965 war between two countries following which the route was once again revived. There was an extension in the agreement in 2018 for three years till January 31,2021.

  • The Indian Railways use its own coaches and locomotives to operate this weekly train on every Saturday morning between Jodhpur and Munabao in India.

  • After getting clearance from the customs, the passengers move across border to Zero Point station. It is this Zero Point Station where Thar Express takes passengers to Karachi, Pakistan via Munabao in India-Khokhrapar which is Pakistan’s Sindh province border crossing. Thar Express doesn’t carry any goods and is therefore a completely passenger train.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 22, 2019

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