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Pakistan stops yet another train service this time in Rajasthan

Pakistan continued 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.

“We have 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 long as I am railways minister, no train will operate between Pakistan and India.” Rashid asserted.

Rashid 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.

Decision 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 alleged espionage.

Bans Indian movies; closes airspace to Indian civilian aircraft

Pakistan has also banned screening of Indian movies and had also closed its airspace for Indian civilian aircraft. 

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