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Amritsar-Lahore service: Pakistan sees no hitch

B. Muralidhar Reddy

Agreement likely on Wednesday

ISLAMABAD: India and Pakistan on Tuesday started separate talks on the Amritsar-Lahore and Amritsar-Nankana Sahib bus services and establishment of a `hotline' between coast guards.The two sides were hopeful of an agreement on Wednesday on the bus services aimed at promoting greater people-to-people contact.The communication link between the coast guards could go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of fishermen who inadvertently stray into each other's waters.

An Indian delegation of transport officials led by Joint Secretary,Ministry of Surface Transport, Alok Rawat, discussed with their Pakistani counterparts the modalities for the commencement of the two bus services linking the two Punjabs.

"Since both sides have agreed in principle for operationalisation of the bus services during the recent visit of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to New Delhi and the infrastructure required for running the buses is in place, we do not envisage any hitch. The discussions are essentially focussed on frequency of the buses and some other issues. Things are moving in the right direction," Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Jalil Abbas Jilani said.

India and Pakistan run bus services between Lahore and New Delhi and Srinagar to Muzaffarabad and a train service between Lahore and Attari near Wagah border point in Punjab.

Separately, Indian Coast Guard chief Vice-Admiral A. K. Singh held talks with officials of the Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency in Rawalpindi, on establishment of communication links.The proposed link would also help in dealing with smuggling, weather warning, pollution, etc.

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