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'Bus service between China, Pakistan violates India's sovereignty, territorial integrity'

ANI | Updated: Nov 01, 2018 00:25 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov 1 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday stated that the proposed idea of a bus service between Lahore (Pakistan) and Tashkurgan (Kashgar - China) violates India's "sovereignty and territorial integrity."
"We have lodged strong protests with China and Pakistan on the proposed bus service that will operate through Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir under the so-called 'China-Pakistan Economic Corridor'," Official Spokesperson of the MEA said in a statement.
"It is Government of India's consistent and well-known position that the so-called China-Pakistan 'Boundary Agreement' of 1963 is illegal and invalid, and has never been recognised by the Government of India. Therefore, any such bus service through Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir will be a violation of India's sovereignty and territorial integrity," the statement added.
The Indian Foreign Ministry's statement comes after China and Pakistan earlier announced that the locals of the two countries will soon have a bus service between Lahore and Tashkurgan.
Passengers availing the service will have to shell out PKR 23,000 per ticket for a round trip, while a one-way ticket from Lahore to Tashkurgen will cost PKR 13,000 per person. Similarly, a one-way ticket from Tashkurgen to Lahore will cost RMB 600 per seat.
As part of the two-day journey, the passengers will have multiple stops, including one at Islamabad or Rawalpindi to pick passengers, and scheduled stops at Mansehra for breakfast, Besham for lunch, Chelas for tea and Gilgit for dinner on a trip from Lahore to Tashkurgan on the first day.
Meanwhile, on the second day of the journey, a breakfast halt will be made at Sost before heading towards the Sost border for immigration, customs, and lunch. The bus will cross over to China through the Khunjerab Pass at the Pakistan-China border, where checking will take place twice- once on the Pakistani side and once on the Chinese side.
To avail the service, passengers have been asked to carry a valid passport, 'NIC', visa and a return ticket as travel documents.
The two nations have made special arrangements for the security of the passengers and the service, while the driver will have all information to contact security guards at various check posts. (ANI)