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Thar Express set to resume operation
January 04, 2008 15:39 IST
The India-bound Thar Express train from Pakistan will resume operations on Friday under tight security after being disrupted by the protests that erupted in the wake of the assassination of former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto [Images].
The train would leave from Khokrapar in the southern Sindh province for Munnabao in India's Rajasthan state with 400 passengers at 11 pm.
Sources said damage caused to tracks at Mirpurkhas during the protests had been repaired and the train would operate under strict security arrangements.
Indian authorities have given consent for the operation of the Thar Express, Divisional Superintendent of Railways Mir Mohammed Khaskheli said.
The Thar Express, a weekly service, could not operate last Friday because of the violent disturbances in the aftermath of Bhutto's assassination on December 27. Six major trains of Pakistan Railways and 25 railway stations were set ablaze and six bridges were damaged during the protests.
"We have taken all security and safety measures for the train's movement and the passengers on board," Khaskheli said.