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Pakistan-China luxury bus service leaves from Lahore on its maiden journey to Kashgar

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Notwithstanding India's objection, and have launched a luxury bus service through PoK from to city in China's province, a media report said Tuesday.

The bus service started on Monday night and is part of an initiative to connect the two countries via road under the USD 60 billion China-Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) and launched the bus service from and will take it 36 hours to reach the Chinese province of

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

The bus will have five stopovers before crossing into at Khunjerab and will require a valid visa and ID card, the report said.

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

Earlier, lodged strong protests with and Pakistan over the proposed bus service between the two countries through Pakistan-occupied (PoK).

defended the bus service, saying its cooperation with has nothing to do with the territorial dispute and will not change its principled stance on the issue.

Pakistan rejected protests by against the bus service to China.

"We reject the Indian Ministry of External Affairs' (MEA) purported protest and statement regarding bus service through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)," said.

The CPEC, launched in 2015, is a planned network of roads, railways and linking China's resource-rich Uyghur Autonomous Region with Pakistan's strategic on the

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 19:15 IST