The Bi weekly Samjhota Express between New Delhi
and Lahore via Attari Wagah border will cease operations forthwith Pakistan has
announced on July eighth according to reports in the Pakistani media
ceased; bogies used for transporting passengers within Pak for ID celebrations
The train, a product of the Lahore Accord runs
from New Delhi on Monday and Thursday. Pakistan’s railway minister Sheikh
Rasheed announced that the train will cease to operate forthwith and the bogies
of the train will be used for transporting passengers within Pakistan for ID
action follows India scrapping spl status to J&K
The Pakistani railway minister cited India’s
decision to scrap special status to Jammu and Kashmir as the reason for the
decision to suspend railway services between the two countries.
The train services were suspended twice earlier
this year following the rise in tensions between the two countries.
Wagah border access to
Afghanistan ruled out for Indian goods
Pakistan has also ruled out possibility of linking access to Afghanistan
via Wagah border for transportation of Indian goods, arguing the transit trade
is not trilateral issue.
asked Afghanistan for not linking trade access through Wagah border and they
agreed to it because the transit trade was bilateral issue and it was not
trilateral thing to bring any other into it,” Prime Minister’s Adviser to
Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood said while addressing a news conference in
Islamabad on July eighth.