Pakistan suspends train service to India amid escalating Kashmir dispute

  08 August 2019    Read: 1574
Pakistan suspends train service to India amid escalating Kashmir dispute

Pakistan said on Thursday it would suspend a rail service linking it to India, as relations with its arch rival continue to sour over the contested Kashmir region, AzVision.az reported citing Daily Sabah. 

"We have decided to shut down Samjhauta Express," railways minister Sheikh Rasheed told a news conference on Thursday, in reference to the train running to India's capital New Delhi from the Pakistani city of Lahore.

"As long as I am railways minister, Samjhauta Express can't operate".

In Kashmir, an unprecedented security lockdown amid a near-total communications blackout entered a fourth day Thursday, forcing some news organizations to hand-carry dispatches out of the region.

The lives of millions in India's only Muslim-majority region have been upended since the latest — and most serious — crackdown followed a decision by New Delhi to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and downgrade the Himalayan region from statehood to a territory.


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