Foreign Policy Watch: India-Pakistan

Pak. extends Thar Link Express for 3 years


Mains Paper 2: IR | India and its neighborhood- relations.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Particulars of the train

Mains level: The extension shows positive side(though not significant) of the relationship between the two nations.

Extension for the Thar Link Express

  1. The rail link between India and Pakistan received an extension from Pakistan
  2. The Thar Link Express that connects Khokhrapar in Pakistan and Munabao in Rajasthan received an extension for three more years from 1 February 2018 to 31 January 2021

Particulars of the train

  1. The weekly train connects Jodhpur and the bordering region of Rajasthan with the province of Sindh in Pakistan
  2. The agreement to run the Thar Link Express was signed in 2006 and is one of the cheapest means of transport between the two rival countries
  3. The rail link facilitates people-to-people contacts which are essential for improving relations between both the countries

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