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The first Pakistani flight to India in two years took off from Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport on Thursday.

The resumption of air traffic between the neighbours is considered a prelude to talks between the two nations.

The air links were snapped following the December 2001 terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament.

A guard asks journalists not to take pictures of the Pakistan International Airlines plane at the Lahore airport.

Photograph: Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images

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