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.