Pakistan on Friday summoned India’s Acting Deputy High Commissioner and expressed concern over the cancellation of operation of Samjhauta Express due to farmers’ protest on the Indian side.
“The Acting Deputy High Commissioner of India, Mr (S) Raghuram was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Dr Mohammad Faisal, the Director General (South Asia), to express concern over the cancellation of operation of Samjhauta Express on October 8, 2015,” a Pakistan Foreign Office statement said.
“The cancellation caused inconvenience to more than 200 passengers from Pakistan and India. The Government of Pakistan has taken all necessary steps to accommodate the stranded Indian passengers, who were not permitted to cross the border yesterday,” it said.
About 200 Indian and Pakistani passengers were on Thursday stranded at the Wagah railway station for over five hours after Indian authorities apparently did not allow it to leave for Attari because of the farmers’ protest on rail tracks in Punjab.