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After Pakistan's Samjhauta Express decision, India cancels Delhi-Lahore bus service

Lucknow, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 12 August 2019, 03:21 PM
The bus service did not operate on Sunday. (File Photo)
The bus service did not operate on Sunday. (File Photo)

Days after Pakistan suspended the Samjhauta Express service in the wake of Modi government revoking Jammu and Kashmir's special status, India on Monday cancelled the Delhi-Lahore bus service.

A Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus was scheduled to leave for Lahore on Monday 6 am. However, it did not leave due to Pakistan's decision to suspend the bus service, the official said.

"Consequent to Pakistan's decision to suspend the Delhi-Lahore bus service, DTC is not able to send bus (from Delhi to Lahore) from August 12," said a statement from DTC.

Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) had on Saturday also telephonically informed the DTC about the suspension of the service from Monday.

The last bus for Lahore left Delhi on Saturday morning carrying two passengers while the return bus from the other side reached the national capital carrying 19 passengers in the evening of the same day. The bus service did not operate on Sunday.

The Delhi-Lahore bus service was first started in February 1999 but suspended after the 2001 Parliament attack. It was restarted in July 2003.

The bus service was first started in February 1999 but suspended after the 2001 Parliament attack. It was restarted in July 2003.

It had, however, continued with a depleted number of passengers even when bilateral relations between the two countries had worsened following the Pulwama terrorist attack and Balakot surgical strikes in February this year.

The Lahore-Delhi bus service is operated from Ambedkar Stadium terminal near Delhi Gate. DTC buses ply every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and PTDC buses every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, from Delhi to Lahore.

For the return trip, DTC buses leave Lahore every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday whereas the PTDC buses are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

First Published: Monday, August 12, 2019 02:50 PM
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