Pakistani authorities have suspended the Samjhauta Express train service between Pakistan and India amidst tense bilateral ties in the aftermath of the Indian government’s move to abolish article 370, Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Rasheed said the bogies of Samjhota Express will now be used for passengers travelling on the occasion of Eid. He added, “Till I am railways minister, Samjhota Express train service will not operate.”
“The next three to four months are very important. War can happen, but we do not want a war. If war is waged on us, it will be the last one,” the railways minister warned. “I know Kashmir from inside. Modi’s governance ends at Lal Chowk in Srinagar,” he added.
Earlier, Pakistan’s top civil and military leadership on Wednesday (August 7) decided to downgrade diplomatic relations and suspend bilateral trade with India in the aftermath of New Delhi’s illegal move of revoking Occupied Kashmir’s special status. The decision was taken at the meeting of National Security Committee (NSC) in Islamabad, with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, said a statement issued by the PM Office.
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