The ‘Dosti (friendship)’ bus service between Lahore and Delhi has been suspended by Pakistan amid tensions. Following New Delhi’s decision of Kashmir’s annexation, tensions between Pakistan and India have heightened.
On Monday, India stripped Kashmir of its special status in the constitution. India brought occupied Kashmir under its direct rule. This has angered Pakistan as it has a competing claim to the Muslim-majority state of Kashmir.
In response to this, the Railway Minister announced that Pakistan has suspended the Samjhauta and Thar Express train services between the two countries and now Dosti Bus service has also been suspended.
Pakistan Minister for Communications Murad Saeed tweeted, “In line with the decisions of NSC (National Security Committee), Pak-India bus service is suspended.”
Back in 1999, the late Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the bus service. Now Pakistan has suspended all ties, services with India in response to India’s annexation of Kashmir.
Since independence from British in 1947, Kashmir had been a disputed region between Pakistan and India and after 72 years it still remains a disputed territory.