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Kashmir Issue: Pakistan shuts Samjhauta Express down!

ISLAMABAD: Sheikh Rashid while addressing a presser here has said that as long as he was the Minister Railways Samjhauta Express would not operate. 

Shutting down of Samjhauta Express (that ran on Monday and Thursday from Lahore to Attari via the Wagah railway station) is one of the measures taken by Pakistan in response to the  Indian unilateral act to change the status quo in Occupied Kashmir.

 ran twice a week (Monday and Thursday) from Lahore to Attari via the Wagah railway station.

Minister has asked India to take back coaches and engines of the train. He said the bogies freed from the train will be added to other trains.

Terming the decision taken by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to annex Kashmir as unwise, Sheikh Rashid  maintained that Pakistan did not want war. However, it cannot remain oblivious to the persecution of Kashmiris and if war starts between the two countries, it will be the last war on the issue. 

He held since  Pakistanis and Kashmiris shared same religion, culture, civilization and values Pakistan has more right on Kashmir.  Sheikh Rashid stated that India had violated the UN resolutions, Shimla agreement and other international conventions.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.