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January 5, 2011

1,263 Pak bogies stranded at Wagah

Sports

January 5, 2011

LAHORE
ABOUT 1263 bogies loaded with Pakistani export goods are stranded at the Wagah Railway Station, as the Indian authorities have not accepted them.
Pakistan Railways Divisional Office Lahore has expressed its concern over India’s act of not accepting PR freight trains as per agreement settled by both the countries. Out of these 1263 bogies, 759 are loaded with cement, 127 with natural salt, 188 loaded with dried-dates and 189 with miscellaneous items.
Both the countries have agreed to allow traffic of equal number of freight trains from India and Pakistan in one month to keep the balance. However, Pakistanis offered 60 trains loaded with export goods out of which only 23 were accepted by the Indian authorities in November. On a similar pattern, Pakistan offered 62 freight trains out of which only 16 were accepted. This rejection of freight trains loaded with export goods to India does not only hamper train operations but seriously dents the export of perishable items, causing losses to Pakistani exporters.
In the month of December, the Indian authorities accepted 1014 loaded bogies out of which 569 carried cement, 262 dried dates, 51 salt and 132 did miscellaneous items. Among the 1014 bogies sent to Pakistan by India, 474 were empty while 540 carried miscellaneous items.

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