Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- Pak to run special trains for cricket series

Published: Monday, March 29, 2004, 20:17 [IST]
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Islamabad:Pakistan will run two additional cross-border train services from India to bring nearly 8,000 cricket fans for this month's historic cricket series between the two rivals, officials said.

Pakistan Railways official Iqbal Khatri said the extra services would link the Pakistani city of Lahore and the northern Indian town of Attari. "We expect both the trains to arrive in Lahore full of Indian cricket fans," Khatri said.

Road transport officials have yet to decide on how many more buses will be put on to ferry Indian cricket fans from its land border crossing at Wagah, following a request from the Indian Government.

"There are a number of proposals being discussed but nothing is finalised yet," Malik Habib, managing director Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC), said.

PTDC and India's Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has run a bus service between Lahore and New Delhi twice a week since July last year. The 535-kilometre (330-mile) journey from New Delhi to Lahore takes approximately 14 hours, crossing into Pakistani territory at the Wagah border in western Punjab state.

The highly popular bus service was begun in 1999 but was suspended soon after a militant attack on India's Parliament in December 2001. It was resumed in July last year following a thaw in relations.

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