Amritsar: The efforts for strengthening Indo-Pak relations that was started six years ago seem to be at stake. The Amritsar-Lahore-Nankana Shahib bus service, which was run by Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation, is in shambles.

Often running with fewer passengers, the bus is not in position to ply for 120 kilometres as its tyres are worn out. The interiors of the bus are also in a bad condition. The roof of the bus is leaking.

The driver, Hamid Khan, told Dainik Jagran that the bus became operational after Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan had initiated talks for improving relations between the two countries.

“It seems that the bus which is a sign of friendship between the two countries will go out of the scene soon,” he said.

“By running this bus means jeopardizing passengers’ lives. The corporation is not ready to give a new bus as it is incurring losses,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government (India) has launched a Volvo bus on the same route.

“Even if the government is facing losses due to minimal passengers, it will keep service on in order to make relations alive between the two nations,” he mentioned.

JPN/Bureau