Pakistan-China Launch A Luxury Bus Service Between Lahore And Kashgar Despite India’s Objection

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New Delhi: Pakistan and China have launched a luxury bus service passing through PoK from Lahore to Kashgar city in China’s Xinjiang province despite India’s objection.

The Kashgar-bound bus left on its maiden journey from Gulberg in Lahore on Monday night. It is part of an initiative to connect the two countries via road under the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The bus service was to begin on last Saturday but was rescheduled for Monday midnight following widespread protests by radical Islamists over the acquittal of Christian woman Aasia Bibi in a blasphemy case.

Chairman of Pakistan Economic Forum Humayun Iqbal Shami called it a big day in relations between Pakistan and China.

“The countries which carry better and convenient means of communication between them have more opportunities of strengthening people-to-people contacts,” he said. The bus will take 36 hours from Lahore to reach the Xinjiang province in China’s far west.

The Lahore-Kashgar bus will run four days - Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday - a week from Lahore and will be available from Kashgar on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The bus will have five stopovers before crossing into China at Khunjerab and will require a valid visa and ID card.

The one-way fare is Rs 13,000, while a round trip will cost Rs 23,000.

A private bus service - Shuja Express - is plying 15-seater luxurious buses on the route. Passengers are allowed 20 kilogramme of luggage and will be charged more in case of additional weight. The cost of food and rest area in Gilgit is included in the ticket price.

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