July 31, 2015 9:30:58 am
Passengers from Pakistan who arrived at AtTari on Thursday on the first Samjhauta Express after the Gurdaspur attack said such attacks were the handiwork of those who wanted to keep the people of the two countries divided through fear and hatred.
The train brought 350 passengers from across the border. Around 160 of them were part of a religious group going to pay obeisance at the tomb of Hazrat Amir Khusro in Delhi.
“There was higher security than usual, but that is for our good,” said Tahir Kurban, team leader of the religious group.
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Some of the passengers, who started their journey from Karachi, said they had no idea about the terror attack in Punjab.
“Just now I came to know there was some attack in India. We had left Karachi around three days back and have been travelling since. We did not hear of any attack on the way,” said Semiullah, who has his maternal parents and in-laws in Kishanganj of Delhi.
“Such attacks are carried out by those who do not want people of both countries to live in peace. Politicians of both countries want good relations. But some forces don’t. This is unfortunate that the attack was carried out as soon as the talks between both countries were resumed,” said Jaffar Ali from Sahiwal district, 150 km from Lahore. He has recently retired as branch manager from Pakistan National Bank.
Two women, who did not disclose their names, said, “Those who cannot do good to Pakistan, how can we expect them to do good to other countries? Most of us do not want any trouble with India.”
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