Just a day after Union Minister Piyush Goyal announced that India has no plans to suspend the train that runs between Pakistan’s Lahore and India’s Atari, Pakistan on Thursday suspended Samjhauta Express amid tensions with India. The announcement by Islamabad comes as another snub to New Delhi after India conducted a ‘non-military pre-emptive’ strike in Balakot of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region.
“We have not yet received any instructions from authorities so far as running of Samjhauta Express. So it will run as planned as per the schedule,” said Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
Samjhauta Express or the peace train is a bi-weekly train that runs on Wednesdays and Sundays between Delhi and Atari in India and Lahore in Pakistan. The train comprises of six-sleeper coaches and an AC-tier coach. The train departs from Old Delhi Railway station at 11.10 pm on two days within a week.
A day after India announced it bombed a JeM camp in Balakot in retaliation to Pulwama attack, Pakistan said it attacked ‘non-military’ targets in India and downed an Indian fighter jet when it entered Pakistan’s airspace. As per an official MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) statement, India said foiled an attempt by Pakistan Wednesday morning to target.