"Dosti" suspended: After trains, Pakistan now stops bus services to India
New Delhi : After suspending two-cross border train services, Pakistan has now ended Delhi-Lahore-Delhi 'Dosti' bus service as an act of protest against India's decision to terminate Article 370 of the Indian constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating the state into two Union Territories, a senior Pakistani minister has said.
The bus service was first started in 1999, but was suspended in 2001 following Parliament attack. The service was restarted in 2003.
The move is in line with the decisions taken during a meeting of Pakistan's National Security Committee (NSC) held on Wednesday, Pakistan Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed said.
"In line with the decisions of NSC Pak-India bus service is suspended," Mr Saeed tweeted on Friday.
In line with the decisions of NSC Pak-India bus service is suspended.— Murad Saeed (@MuradSaeedPTI) August 9, 2019
The Lahore-Delhi bus service is operated from Ambedkar Stadium terminal near Delhi Gate. DTC buses ply every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) buses every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from Delhi to Lahore.
For the return trip, DTC buses leave Lahore every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday whereas the PTDC buses are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.