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India-Pakistan rail link reopens
A second rail link between Pakistan and India has been reopened, four decades after it was shut down when the two nations were at war.
The new Thar Express train will connect the border towns of Munabao in the Indian state of Rajasthan to Khokrapar in Pakistan’s Sindh province.
The train crossed into India early on Saturday, carrying some 200 passengers.
The two countries resumed a train service between Lahore in Pakistan and the Indian capital, New Delhi, in 2004.
The decision to reopen the rail link is yet another step in a peace process that began in January 2004 and which has seen the easing of a number of travel restrictions.
Pakistan will operate the two-way service every Saturday for the first six months of the year, and India will take over for the second half of the year.
The Samjhauta (Friendship) Express, which runs across the Wagah crossing point in the Punjab, was restored in January 2004 after a two-year suspension.
Analysts say the new service may contribute to the easing of tension between the nuclear-capable rivals.