Pakistan suspends ‘Dosti’ bus service with India- Samaa Digital


A file photograph of Pakistan Nankana Sahib-Lahore-Amritsar bus at Wagah border in January 2013. Photograph: AFP

Pakistan suspended on Friday the ‘Dosti (friendship)’ bus service between Lahore and Delhi, amid a deepening row with New Delhi over Kashmir’s annexation.

India stripped Kashmir of its particular standing within the structure on Monday and introduced the area below its direct rule, angering Pakistan which has a competing declare to the Muslim-majority state.

“In step with the selections of NSC (Nationwide Safety Committee), Pak-India bus service is suspended,” Pakistan Minister for Communications Murad Saeed stated in a tweet.

The bus service was inaugurated by late Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999. Its suspension follows Islamabad’s discontinuation of Samjhauta and Thar Specific practice providers between the 2 international locations.

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Pakistan has already downgraded diplomatic relations and suspended commerce with India, in a tit-for-tat transfer over New Delhi’s annexation of occupied Kashmir.

Kashmir has been divided between Pakistan and India since their independence from the British in 1947.

The 2 international locations have fought two of the three wars over the disputed Himalayan territory.

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