Pak­istan ready to ex­tend rail link agree­ment with In­dia

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IS­LAM­ABAD: De­spite tense ties with New Delhi due to fre­quent cease­fire vi­o­la­tions on the Line of Con­trol and Work­ing Bound­ary, Pak­istan on Tues­day gave its con­sent for a three-year ex­ten­sion to an agree­ment with In­dia on Mun­abao-Khokhra­par rail link. “The govern­ment of Pak­istan has agreed to ex­tend the agree­ment of the rail link be­tween Mun­abao (In­dia) and Khokhra­par (Pak­istan) for an­other three years,” a For­eign Of­fice state­ment said. The ex­ten­sion will take ef­fect from Feb 1, 2018. The rail link fa­cil­i­tates peo­ple-to-peo­ple con­tact that Pak­istan be­lieves is es­sen­tial for im­prov­ing re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries, the FO said. The sign­ing of the rail link agree­ment in 2006 had re­stored the route after 41 years. The con­nec­tion sub­stan­tially re­duced travel time be­tween Sindh (Pak­istan) and cen­tral and south­ern In­dian states. Over 200 cease­fire vi­o­la­tions by In­dia have taken place so far this year, re­sult­ing in the killing of 12 peo­ple, in­clud­ing four sol­diers. Since 2003, the high­est num­ber of cease­fire vi­o­la­tions by In­dia (1,881) was recorded last year with 87 killings. Ear­lier this month, In­dian army chief Gen Bipin Rawat had ad­mit­ted that his troops were de­lib­er­ately tar­get­ing Pak­istani posts.

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