Samjhota Express leaves for India  | Pakistan Today

Samjhota Express leaves for India 

LAHORE: The Samjhota Express train service between Pakistan and India resumed operations on Monday as the security situation between the neighboring countries improved after weeks of heightened tensions.

The train carrying 195 passengers left for Attari via Wagah Border. The Samjhota Express normally runs between the two neighboring countries on Monday and Thursday.

On February 28, the train operations were suspended, leaving Indian passengers stuck at Lahore railway station for four days.

India and Pakistan came to the brink of war this week as tensions escalated following a suicide attack that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary officers in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). India has accused Pakistan of facilitating the attack while Islamabad has denied all allegations.

The two nuclear-armed countries then engaged in an air battle and India lost jets after carrying out an air strike on what it said was a camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad, considered a terrorist group both by India and Pakistan.

Pakistan also captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman after his MiG-21 fighter jet was shot down during a dogfight near the Line of Control (LoC) on February 27.

He was released by Islamabad on Friday night as a “peace gesture”.

While India has accused Pakistan of supporting the militants and having a “direct hand” in the incident, Pakistan, in turn, has rejected the allegations, accusing India of being responsible for human rights violations taking place in Kashmir.

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