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Lahore: Eighty-six passengers of the Samjhauta Express made their way home by crossing the Wagah border on foot on Monday after the train was refused entry into India due to a farmers’ agitation in Punjab, media report said.

According to Pakistan Railways, the Samjhauta Express left the Lahore railway station as scheduled with 86 passengers, including 25 women and 10 children, but was refused entry by the Indian railway authorities.

“After the Indian authorities did not accept the train into their territory, it returned to Lahore on October 8 and since then, these passengers have either stayed at the railway station or at nearby hotels,” Pakistan Railways’ Lahore Divisional Transportation Officer Shujat Hussain said.

He said since the train scheduled for departure to India from Lahore only left on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 AM, passengers started arriving at the station early on Monday morning.

“But when we contacted the Indian authorities, they refused to accept the train due to the deteriorating law and order situation there,” he added.

Hussain said officials from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had contacted Pakistan Railways through the ministry of foreign affairs on Sunday about the status of their nationals.

He claimed that officials from the high commission, after reaching Lahore, informed the railways that the train might not enter India on Monday due to the law and order situation in Punjab.

“In the meantime, we arranged transport to shift all passengers and their luggage to Wagah from where they entered their country by crossing the border on foot,” he explained.

(IANS)

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Beijing Plans to Invest $1 Billion in Development Projects in Islamabad

Besides this, he also said the pace of development projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was satisfactory

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He made the announcement while addressing the Islamabad Women's Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) on Saturday, The Express Tribune reported. Pixabay

Yao Jing, the Ambassador of China to Pakistan, has announced that Beijing has planned to invest $1 billion in development projects in Islamabad.

He made the announcement while addressing the Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) on Saturday, The Express Tribune reported.

Besides this, he also said the pace of development projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was satisfactory and the second phase of the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA) will be finalised in October after which 90 per cent of Pakistani exports including agricultural products and seafood will attract a 0 per cent duty.

“Market access will increase Pakistan’s exports by $500 million, which will reduce the disparity between bilateral trade,” said Yao.

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Yao Jing, the Ambassador of China to Pakistan, has announced that Beijing has planned to invest $1 billion in development projects in Islamabad. Pixabay

The envoy remarked that Chinese businesswomen would be invited to participate in the fifth Islamabad Expo scheduled in November to explore the market and promote networking.

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“In addition, women entrepreneurs of Pakistan would be sent to China to participate in the expos and explore business opportunities,” he added. (IANS)