Pakistan Discontinues Samjhauta Express Following Abrogation of Article 370 by India

It was expected that Pakistan will take a big decision following the abrogation of Article 370 by India, in Jammu and Kashmir. And the neighboring country did the same on Thursday, August 8, 2019, by closing the Samjhauta Express train service, with India.

The announcement was made by Pakistan’s Federal Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed. He said that till the time he’s the railway minister, this service won’t be operating at all.

A day before this, Islamabad had also downgraded the diplomatic ties with New Delhi.

Samjhauta Express Train. (Image Credit: caravandaily.com)

Talking about the Samjhauta express service, then it was suspended earlier this year too, but, was later resumed.

The train’s name ‘Samjhauta’ means 'an agreement' in Hindi, which was done between both India and Pakistan, when the service was first started in 1976, on July 22, under the ‘Simla Agreement’. This Agreement had settled the 1971 war between the two nations.

The discontinuation of the train by Pakistan, now, however, clearly shows how much irked it is after India’s declaration on making J&K a separate union territory, earlier on Monday, August 5, 2019. The government of India had scrapped the Article 370 in the valley.

Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan came forward with his response to this, saying that the matter on Kashmir was to be discussed bilaterally, but India didn’t follow that criterion.

India had stated it clearly, just a few days ago that any discussion on the matter of Kashmir will be done on a bilateral level. It was done to strictly reject the mediation suggestions offered by the US President Donald Trump, who had, previously, 'falsely claimed' that PM Modi asked him to be a mediator into this matter.

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