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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 80

India, Pak to ink deal on second rail link today

[b]India, Pak to ink deal on second rail link today[/b]

By M Rama Rao reporting from New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 6 January ([/b] India and Pakistan are expected to finalise modalities for resuming a rail service between Munabao in Rajasthan and Khokrapar in Sindh province after four decades.

Originally proposed in 2004 and thrice postponed service, will reduce the travel time for people of Sindh intending to visit Rajasthan to just five hours and eliminates the round about travel route they are now forced to take by going first to Lahore and then travel to Delhi either by road or train.

Saleemur Rehman Akhund, General Manager (Ops), Pakistan Railways, who is leading a 10-member delegation to the two-day talks said they had come with 'an open mind' and expressed confidence that an agreement on resumption of the Munabao-Khokhrapar train service would be reached.

Ashok Gupta, Advisor Traffic, is leading the Indian delegation to the talks which cover among other issues, fare and security of passengers, travel documents, visa facility and customs check and frequency of the service.

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