Pakistan suspends train service to India as Kashmir dispute continues

The Samjhauta Express, also called the Friendship Express, runs between Lahore in Pakistan and New Delhi and Attari in India. (File photo: AFP)

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.

“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.”

On Wednesday, Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic ties with nuclear-armed rival India, announcing that it will expel the Indian envoy and suspend trade in a deepening row over New Delhi’s move to tighten its grip on disputed Kashmir.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:55 - GMT 06:55