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Thar Express train service with Pakistan cancelled until further notice: Indian Railways

File photo of Thar Link Express.  Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 16, 2019, 05.07 PM (IST)

Indian Railways on Friday cancelled Thar Express train service between Jodhpur, India to Karachi, Pakistan until further notice, news agency ANI reported. 

The development comes just a week after Pakistan suspended Samjhauta Express - a bi-weekly train that connects Delhi in India to Lahore in Pakistan. 

Pakistan Minister for Railways, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, had announced last week that Thar Express services will be stopped.

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Thar Express is a weekly passenger train that connects Khokhrapar in Pakistan with Munabao in Barmer district of Rajasthan and was started in 2006.

Every Saturday, the Thar Link Express departs from Bhagat Ki Kothi railway station on the outskirts of Jodhpur and makes a 320km journey to Munabao in Barmer on the international border. The train then crosses over to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has rejected India's request to review the decision of closing down the operations of the Samjhauta Express, saying that the services will not resume till the time he holds the post.

"Though a final decision will be taken by the Foreign Office over the request to review the closure of the trains, I reject India's request. And till the time I remain the minister for railways, there would be no operation of the Samjhauta and Thar Express trains," he said at a press conference at the Pakistan Railways headquarters on Saturday.

In sharp retaliation to India's move of scrapping Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Imran Khan-led Pakistan government suspended Samjhauta Express train service, partially closed its airspace and called off trade with India. 

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The development comes just a week after Pakistan suspended Samjhauta Express - a bi-weekly train that connects Delhi in India to Lahore in Pakistan.