Recently, Pakistan took another extreme step to show its strong dissatisfaction over the Indian Government withdrawing the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir. A couple of days after the Government of India revoked the autonomous position given to J&K, Pakistan stopped operations of the Samjhauta Express that links it with Delhi and Lahore by a rail network. Now, newsflash has it that Pakistan has gone a step forward by stalling the processes of Thar Express as well.
A news agency mentioned Sheikh Rasheed, the railway minister of Pakistan, as saying that the weekly train service running between Khokrapar (Pakistan) and Munabao (India) has been discontinued. He also added that no train will work between India and Pakistan till the time he is holding the governmental position.
On the other hand, the Samjhauta Express arrives at the Old Delhi Railway Station about 5 hours late on Friday, August 9, as a result of the difficulties that came up after Pakistan hindered its processes from its border. The train was launched in 1976 under the Simla Agreement as a sign of goodwill among the two neighbouring nations.
Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi stuck to his stand while speaking to the people of India and proclaimed that the verdict to revoke the special status of J&K was meant to bring about peace and prosperity.
Given that the train facility between Indo-Pak has been held, it is too initial to say whether it shall be resumed any time in future. Though, it seems that the growth of tourism in J&K is happening as Maharashtra Tourism and other agencies are looking forward to buying land and construct tourist resorts in the valley.