Railways yet to get ‘Green Signal’ for Lahore meeting between India & Pakistan
Firozpur: While clearance to the Pakistan team to investigate the terrorist attack at Pathankot has been accorded, the authorities from railways of both the countries – India and Pakistan- are yet to get clearance for meeting scheduled for March 29 at Lahore.
It was perhaps the first meeting between both the countries for which a blue print was prepared during the visit of PM Modi on December 25, 2015.
All preparations by officials of Indian railways have been prepared for the meeting awaiting clearance communication from the other end, sources said.
DRM Ferozepur Division, Anuj Parkash, could not be contacted as he was away to Delhi in connection with pre discussions with the senior officers with regard the meeting scheduled for March 29. However, PRO Santosh Tiwari confirmed about non-receipt of clearance for the meeting.
In fact, railway is playing a vital role in maintaining the relations between the two countries with the introduction of Samjhauta Express from Attari.
The issues to be taken up in the meeting relating to railways were delay in running of express and goods trains, security, check over drug smuggling, to stop electrical wastage, to reduce documentation, return of parts given for maintenance for Indian railways, exchange of railway land record at the time of partition of India and Pakistan etc.
Earlier, the meeting between the countries used to be at the zero line near the Attari railway station (Amritsar), which has not taken place with unknown reasons for the last three years despite the fact that during 2015, railway officials from Indian side had gone for the meeting at the zero line but due to technical formalities, it could not be held.