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As India-Pakistan tensions mount, Samjhauta Express returns to Delhi

The train, which had departed from the Attari Railway Station after a delay of around five hours, reached Old Delhi railway station at around 8:00 am today.

5-hour delay

Samjhauta Express, the bilateral train service between India and Pakistan, on Friday reached Delhi with 76 Indian and 41 Pakistani nationals on board.

The train, which had departed from the Attari Railway Station after a delay of around five hours, reached Old Delhi railway station at around 8:00 am today.

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Pakistan didn't send engine to Attari

Javed Ali, a passenger who deboarded in Delhi, said, ''Pakistan didn't send their engine to Attari. An Indian engine brought us here. Keeping the current situation in mind, I came back in a week, however, I have a visa for a month.''

Meanwhile, a Pakistani national, who visited India to meet her relatives said, ''We were tensed when got to know that Islamabad has suspended the train services on its side. But then an Indian engine came and brought us here (Delhi). I am here to meet my relatives.''

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India-Pakistan tension

Following heightened tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of the abrogation of Article 370, which accorded a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Islamabad had suspended the train services on its side on Thursday.

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Pakistan refuses to send crew

However, Indian Railways clarified that the train service has not yet been suspended but Pakistan authorities refused to send their crew to India citing security concerns.
 

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The 'Friendship' Express

The Samjhauta Express, commonly called the Friendship Express, is a bi-weekly train Thursday and Monday that runs between Delhi and Attari in India and Lahore in Pakistan. 
 

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'Agreement' and 'Compromise'

Services began in 1976 under the Simla Agreement signed between the two countries.

The word Samjhauta means "agreement" and "compromise" in both Hindi and Urdu.

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Earlier suspended operation

Last time, the operations of Samjhauta Express were suspended on February 28, following the Pulwama terror attack that was carried out by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) that killed 40 CRPF jawans on February 14. 

However, services resumed shortly later. 

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