its unilateral actions on Friday 9 August to protest Indian Parliament’s
removal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status by announcing to halt the train
service to India, named Thar Express, a day after it had announced suspension
of Samjhauta Express service between Lahore and Delhi.
decided to shut down the Thar Express as well,” Pakistan’s railways minister
Sheikh Rashid told reporters, in reference to the weekly service running
between the towns of Khokrapar in Pakistan and Munabao in Barmer, India
according to reports appearing in the Pakistani media.
as I am railways minister, no train will operate between Pakistan and India.”
Ahmed had announced the discontinuation of Samjhauta Express-- a bi-weekly train
service started in 1976. “We have decided to shut down Samjhauta Express… As
long as I am railways minister, Samjhauta Express can’t run,” he had said.
to suspend train services was in line with Islamabad’s other actions to
remonstrate, like snapping talks on consular access to former Naval Officer
Kulbhushan Jadhav who was sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court for
Indian movies; closes airspace to Indian civilian aircraft
has also banned screening of Indian movies and had also closed its airspace for
Indian civilian aircraft.