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    Pakistan's Railway Ministry said in a statement that it will close the Thar Express train service after shutting down the Samjhauta Express rail link to India earlier this week over New Delhi's decision to strip a state in the disputed Kashmir region of its special status.

    Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed has responded to India's move to strip Kashmir of its special status, saying that the bus service between the two countries has been suspended.

    The statement comes amid a tense situation in the Jammu and Kashmir area, which is part of a larger Himalayan region claimed both by India and Pakistan.

    Earlier this week, the Indian government declared its decision to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special status, which has given the state a certain degree of autonomy for several decades, and to split it into two union territories - Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh – and bring them under direct federal rule to provide better governance and socio-economic benefits.

    The move prompted clashes on the Indian-Pakistani Line of Control (LoC) and led Islamabad to downgrade its diplomatic relations and suspend trade with its neighbour.


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