Pakistan Cabinet approves trade suspension, train service stop with India over Kashmir row

Pakistan Cabinet approves trade suspension, train service stop with India over Kashmir row
# 09 August 2019 18:45 (UTC +04:00)

Pakistan's Federal Cabinet has formally approved suspension of trade with India, endorses Sheikh Rasheed’s decision to suspend Thar and Samjhota Express trains following the abrogation of Article 370 that has led to the Kashmir crisis, APA reports citing Sputnik.

Pakistan's Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad earlier stated that another train running to India would be shut down, with Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar stressing that the decision was unilateral and that Islamabad made it without any consultations with New Delhi.

Note that previously, Pakistan put on hold diplomacy and trade with India, in a bid to show outrage over a decision to cancel the autonomy of the predominantly Muslim-populated Jammu and Kashmir, which is also a disputed territory between the two countries. Islamabad opted to close a major train service with Delhi amid tensions between the two countries that spiked as India revoked Article 370 of the constitution, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

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