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COVID-19: PR train service resumed after 56 days

RAWALPINDI: Fifty-six days after they were suspended The Pakistan Railways resumed limited train services on Wednesday, 56 days after they were suspended to curb the spread of Covid-19 infections.

Pakistan Express with 300 passengers onboard left for Karachi from Rawalpindi at 6am. That was the first train to recommence operations.

Railcar harboring  400 passengers left from Rawalpindi to Lahore at 7am. Tezgam Express, carrying 300 passengers  left for Karachi from Rawalpindi carrying 300 passengers.

Subak Kharam Express left for Rawalpindi from Lahore, Karakorum Express, Pak Business Express and Shah Hussain Express departed Lahore for Karachi. Awam Express left Karachi for its journey to Peshawar.

From tomorrow (Thursday 21st of May, 2020) Green Line Express from Islamabad to Karachi and Jaffar Express from Quetta to Peshawar will recommence their operations.

Among the SOPs most visible was that no voyager was allowed to board the train sans mask.

Sidra Karim

Sociology graduate Sidra Karim is currently working as co-coordinator/host for Ibex Media House and contributes to Newspakistan.tv on a myriad of themes particularly art and literature. Earlier she was associated as Poetry Writer with Hamari Web.Com and Screen Playwright with Kawish. As a social worker she remained associated with Smart Urban Forest for a considerable period.