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Kashmir Escalation: Pakistan announces closure of Thar Express

Kashmir Escalation: Pakistan announces closure of Thar Express

Pakistan announces closure of Thar Express

Pakistan’s railway’s minister announced on Friday that the country’s second train service, Thar Express, would be suspended by midnight over heightened tensions with India over the Kashmir dispute.

Thar Express, which runs from Khokhrapar in Pakistan’s Tharparkar district to the Indian village of Munabao, was closed at 12PM (Pakistan Time), on Friday night,  announced by the Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed in Islamabad.

The move comes a day after Rasheed had said Pakistan had closed the Samjhota Express train service with India.

in his statement, the minister said “Rawalpindi’s Lal Haveli has a blood relation with Srinagar’s Lal Chowk,” referring to his political centre in the city’s old area and the city square in Indian occupied Kashmir’s capital.

“Whoever doesn’t stand strong with the Kashmiris is the most traitorous of traitors,” he added.

The move comes days after the Modi’s BJP government had stripped Kashmir of its special autonomy. New Delhi had rushed through a presidential decree on Monday to abolish Article 370, which revoked the special status and made the state a Union Territory with the legislature a decision condemned by Islamabad.

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