The Samjhota Express on Monday departed from Lahore for India with 150 passengers onboard, Radio Pakistan reported.
The train runs between the two neighboring countries on Mondays and Thursdays and the service was halted last week due to escalating Pakistan-India tensions.
Indian passengers stranded at Lahore’s railway station for the past four days – owing to the closure of the Samjhota Express train service – left for India today via the Wagah-Attari border.
The railway operations staff along with railway police officials departed with the train in the morning and will return by evening.
The Samjhota Express could not depart on Thursday, February 28, and passengers due to leave for India have been staying at the Lahore Railway Station after its departure was halted due to tension at the border. Passengers were given a refund on their tickets due to the suspension of the service.
The railway administration hosted the Indian passengers under strict security at the station’s waiting room.
Similar arrangements were made to ensure security prior to the train’s departure. Furthermore, the platform from which Samjhota Express will depart will not be used by any other passengers except for the train’s passengers.
Sources say that the general manager of North Indian Railways issued the letter seeking resumption of service on March 2.
Tensions escalated dramatically between Pakistan and India on February 14 when a young man – a native of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) – rammed an explosives-laden car into an Indian military convoy, killing at least 44 soldiers.
India was quick to blame the state of Pakistan for the suicide bombing.PM Imran offered every possible help in the investigation, but India turned down the offer and whipped up war hysteria.