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India, Pak to jointly maintain Samjhauta records

Source: PTI
February 28, 2007 18:17 IST
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Facing problems in identification of victims of the Samjhauta Express blasts, Pakistan and India have now jointly drafted a new procedure for maintaining passenger records on the train.

Railway authorities of both the countries have decided to maintain proper records of all passengers of the train, The Daily Times quoted an official statement as saying.

The step came in the wake of the February 19 Samjhauta Express blasts in which about 68 passengers -- most of them Pakistanis -- lost their lives.

The two countries faced great problems in identification of the deceased passengers.

Authorities in both countries have decided that the Pakistani ticketing authority would issue tickets only from Lahore Railway Station to Attari Railway Station while the Indian authorities would maintain records from thereon.

Similarly, Indian authorities will issue tickets from Delhi to Wagah Railway Station from where the Pakistani authorities will take over.

In the past, the railways of both the countries issued tickets for eight cities but without proper records.

However, after the February 19 incident, the authorities of both countries have decided to maintain a passenger record, which would include the names, addresses, contact numbers and other particulars of those travelling.

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