Pakistan says 'not looking at military option' over Kashmir dispute

Elias Hubbard
August 10, 2019

Samjhauta Express is a bi-weekly train that runs between Delhi and Attari in India and Lahore in Pakistan. "Till I am Railways minister, Samjhauta Express train service will not operate", he reportedly said. Finally, after a lot of deliberations, India was able to convince Pakistan railway authorities to let an Indian crew take a locomotive to Wagah and bring the coaches to Attari. It had 117 passengers, including 48 Pakistanis, on board.

The minister's announcement came while passengers were waiting at the Lahore station to board the train for India.

Samjhauta express was discontinued after the attack on Indian Parliament in 2001.

"China would maintain full cooperation with Pakistan and both sides would stay in close contact", he said, adding that Beijing had, once again, proved today that it was Islamabad's trustworthy friend.

The train departs from Delhi on Wednesdays and Sundays.

The Samjhauta Express train, plying between India and Pakistan, reached the national capital on Friday morning, after Pakistan in a sudden move suspended the train services and refused to proceed from the Wagah border.

New Delhi accused Islamabad of providing a safe haven for terrorists and retaliated by conducting an air raid on a suspected terror camp in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on 26 February that allegedly killed hundreds of terrorists and destroyed a number of facilities. In response, Pakistan chose to downgrade diplomatic relations with New Delhi and suspend all bilateral trade. Geo English quoted Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister on I&B, as saying: "No Indian movie to be screened in Pakistani cinemas".

News reports from Pakistan also said Indian films will not be allowed to screen in cinemas.

She further said the move was in the wake of the Indian government's decision to scrap Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

He also criticised the decision taken by the Modi-led government. Review will be on both sides.

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