India ex­tends agree­ment with Pak­istan for 3 years

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Nation - Press Trust of India let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: India has ex­tended an agree­ment with Pak­istan link­ing the two coun­tries through the Munabao- Khokhrapar rail line, the rail­ways said on Tuesday. The ex­ten­sion comes at a time ten­sion pre­vailed along the bor­der in Jammu and Kashmir.

The agree­ment to link the two coun­tries by rail was signed in 2006 to fa­cil­i­tate peo­ple-to-peo­ple con­tact, of­fi­cials said. The agree­ment was set to ex­pire in March 2018 but has now been ex­tended to Jan­uary 31, 2021.

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.

‘SIT­U­A­TION ALONG THE LOC VERY BAD’

JAMMU: There was an up­roar in J&K assem­bly on Tuesday as mem­bers, in­clud­ing those from BJP and CPI(M), raised the is­sue of Pak­istan shelling along

the LoC, forc­ing deputy CM Nir­mal Singh to de­scribe the sit­u­a­tion as “very bad”. Singh said that ad­min­is­tra­tion has been di­rected to pro­vide safe shel­ters and other fa­cil­i­ties to peo­ple who have mi­grated from LoC area in Ra­jouri. “As a re­sult of the shelling, mi­gra­tion has taken place,” he said.

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