NOT on the Samjhauta Express

“A fire sparked by explosions has swept through two carriages of a train bound from India to Pakistan, killing at least 65 people on board.”

Read more in this BBC report.

“You are NOT on the train to Pakistan that just exploded? It is a strange question, but I want to hear back from you.” Jean Yao

No, we were not on the Samjhauta Express, the Delhi (India) to Lahore (Pakistan) twice weekly train that was blown up around midnight, presumably by “terrorists”.  We are still stuck in New Delhi, awaiting our visa approvals from the Foreign and possibly Home Ministries in Pakistan so that we can start Phase II of our Friends Without Borders project in Pakistan.

 What this means for our travel to Pakistan is not yet clear.  Our contact at the Pakistani High Commission left to investigate the scene and we assume that representatives of the Foreign Ministry have more to think about right now than our visas.  Ironically, we were invited to dinner at Nirmala Deshpande‘s with the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Khurshid Kasuri and his Indian counterpart, Pranab Mukherjee, the Minister of External Affairs tomorrow, the first day of Khurshid Kasuri’s three-day trip to India.

What this means for our project is very clear – it is more critical than ever to work with children of both countries to humanize the “other”. 


2 Responses to “NOT on the Samjhauta Express”

  1. 1 Archana February 20, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    Great to know that all’s well at your end.

  2. 2 Sushma November 12, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    Hi – I’m a student journalist at Columbia University doing a project for class on the Samjhauta Express. I know you weren’t on it during the blast, but have you ridden it since? Do you know of any families who rely on that train to keep in touch across the border? I’d really appreciate any help you could give me.


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