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New Delhi, Nov. 25 (NNN): A Munabao-Khokrapar train link between India and Pakistan will begin from October 2, 2005, as part of further confidence-building measures (CBMs) to take the peace process take ahead, it was announced here on Thursday.
The day coincides with Mahatama Gandhi Birthday.

The announcement came a day after New Delhi and Islamabad agreed to continue the peace process during the Pakistan Premier Shaukat Azizís trip to India.

Addressing a press conference, External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh that Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav had a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Mian Shamim Haider and told him that the Indian side was fully prepared to operationalise the rail link.

The Minister, however, added that there is some work pending at Pakistan's end since they have meter gauge.

The route was frozen in 1965 following the Indo-Pakistan war. The proposal to restore the link is part of the ongoing confidence building measures.

Singh said the Pakistan Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz, while referring to the proposed bus link between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, had suggested that the two sides should explore the possibility of starting other bus services.

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