Samjhauta Express service restored

Samjhauta Express service restored

The announcement came a day after Pakistan released Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. (PTI File Photo)

The services of Samjhauta Express train have been restored as the both India and Pakistan agreed to operationalise services at their ends. 

The first train from India will leave on March 3, an official from Indian Railways said.

The Indian Railways announcement came a day after Pakistan released Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

Pakistan had cancelled its services right after an air strike by the Indian Air Force, India cancelled the operations of the Samjhauta Express on February 28.

The train will start running from the Indian side on Sunday, while on the Pakistani side it will leave Lahore on Monday on its return journey.

On the Indian side, the train runs from Delhi to Attari and from Lahore to Wagah on the Pakistan side. 

Originally, the train offered a through service with one rake going all the way between the terminals— Delhi in India to Lahore in Pakistan. However, now a Pakistani rake stops at Attari at which point passengers have to change trains and board an Indian rake.