Ajmer Sharif Urs: India moots train service for Pak pilgrims, opens window for resumption of suspended services

WION New Delhi, India Feb 10, 2020, 08.31 PM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

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This can be considered as a window for the resumption of suspended train services between India and Pakistan. 

India has mooted a train service to ferry Pakistani pilgrims who will be coming for annual Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer Sharif. 

This can be considered as a window for the resumption of suspended train services between India and Pakistan and a positive development in the back of strained ties since last year.

Pakistan had last year discontinued the train and bus services between both the countries after New Delhi removed special status for the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir in August.

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Both Samjhauta Express, connecting Lahore with Delhi, and Thar Express - which connects Khokhrapar in Pakistan with Munabao in Barmer district of Rajasthan were shut down by Islamabad.

The 9-day, 808th Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti will begin from February 24 and will go on till March 5.

The train service is expected to take Pakistani pilgrims from Attari to Ajmer. Pakistan is still to respond to the Indian proposal. Thousands of Pak pilgrims visit Ajmer each year for the annual Urs. The proposed connectivity can ease the pilgrimage.