Pak to suspend Thar Express

Pak to suspend Thar Express


The Pakistan Government has  said it will suspend the Thar Express, its last remaining train link with India, over New Delhi revoking the special status provided to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370  earlier this week. It had halted the Samjhauta Express, connecting  Delhi with Lahore in Pakistan. "We have decided to shut down the Thar Express as well," Reuters quoted Pakistan Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed as saying in reference to the weekly service running between Khokrapar in Pakistan and Monabao in India. "As long as I am the Railways Minister, no train will operate between Pakistan and India."

Besides suspending the Samjhauta Express, Pakistan had banned the screening of Bollywood films in its territory.This came a day after Islamabad announced a five-point plan that included downgrading ties with India and suspending bilateral ties in response to the Centre's move to end special status for Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian envoy was also expelled, bringing relations between the two countries to a new low. India appealed to Pakistan to review its decision on diplomatic and trade ties, claiming that the intention behind the actions was "obviously to present an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties".

Islamabad has said it would appeal to the UN Security Council against India's decisions. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan recently thanked US President Donald Trump for offering to mediate on Kashmir, an idea that India rejected downright.