Thar Link Express

Thar Link Express
  • Thar Link Express is Indian portion of international passenger train operated weekly by Indian Railway using its own coaches and locomotives, between Jodhpur and Munabao.
  • Passengers from Munabao clear customs and are transported to across border to Zero Point station where Thar Express takes passengers to Karachi, Pakistan.
  • The agreement to link the two countries by rail service through Munabao-Khokhrapar link was signed in 2006 to facilitate people-to-people contact.
  • It was set to expire in March 2018, but has now been extended to January 31, 2021.  
  • The Munabao-Khokhrapar link was destroyed during 1965 war between two countries but the service was again revived after 41 years in February 2006.
  • India and Pakistan currently have only two trans-border trains. They are
    • Samjhauta Express: Operates on Delhi-Lahore route via Attari-Wagah border crossing. It carries both passengers and freight.
    • Thar Express: It links Jodhpur (India) and Karachi (Pakistan) via Munabao-Khokhrapar border crossing. It carries only passengers.

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