Joy and pain as train blast survivors arrive in Pakistan

Chief Regulatory Officer at CSE Renuke Wijayawardhane presenting the listing certificate to Executive Chairperson at Renuka Hotels Shibani Thambiayah

LAHORE, Pakistan, Feb 19, 2007 (AFP) – Desperate relatives defied police and forced their way into the carriages that arrived here Monday evening with survivors of the train blast in India. “They are known for attacks on trains in India,” he said. Joy and pain as train blast survivors arrive in Pakistan

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As the train pulled into the eastern city of Lahore, waiting relatives rushed forward and entered the wagons to look for loved ones despite strict security measures.

Families cried as they hugged and kissed each other.

Most of the survivors had already phoned relatives to tell them they were alive, but those who had not received any news desperately searched the train.

Mussarrat Bibi, a resident of Lahore, wailed after she did not find her mother and son.

“Somebody please bring my son, somebody please bring my mother,” she moaned in grief.

A few hours earlier similar scenes were witnessed at Wagah station where the train had crossed the Pakistani-Indian border before heading to Lahore.

“No one has told me anything. I don’t know what has happened to them,” wept Furqan Me