Army evacuates nearly 1000 villages along India-Pak border in Punjab

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Villages in India’s sharing border with Paksitan have been evacuated by the Army in the wake of surgical strikes in PoK by Indian commandos.

Reportedly, people from as many as 1,000 villages in the six border districts of Punjab, have been evacuated by the western command of Indian Army.

Villages of Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Fazilka and Ferozepur districts which fall within a 10 km proximity of India-Pakistan border are likely to be affected if tension between two nations escalates.

The authorities are making alternative arrangements for about 15 lakh people likely to be displaced in the six districts.

“We were informed about the tactical strike on Thursday morning after which we started the evacuation process. The Union home secretary has informed us of the possibility of retaliation. We have activated the state disaster management committee,” Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was quoted by IndiaTimes.

Dubbing the process as just a precautionary measure, Indian army has denied having received any tip-off regarding Pakistan preparing for retaliatory attacks. Meanwhile, Army is not ruling out the possibility of mortar shelling from across the border.

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