ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday directed the Foreign Office to resolve immediately the issue of stranded Pakistanis in India due to non-operational Samjhauta Express .

The prime minister also directed the FO to provide all kinds of necessary facilities to the stranded passengers and keep his office updated regarding the status, a PM’s Office statement said.

On October 9, the acting deputy high commissioner of India Mr Raghuram was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Dr Mohammad Faisal, the Director General (South Asia) to express concern over the cancellation of Samjhauta Express operation on October 8. The cancellation caused inconvenience to more than 200 passengers from Pakistan and India.

“The government of Pakistan has taken all necessary steps to accommodate the stranded Indian passengers, who were not permitted to cross the border.”

“We expect the Indian side to make utmost efforts to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future and facilitate the travellers from Pakistan and India,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.