Chandigarh: Villages along Punjab’s border with Pakistan were put on high alert on Thursday after the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes along the Line of Control (LoC), official sources said.
Schools along the border belt were ordered to remain closed following the escalation of tension along the LoC in Jammu & Kashmir, the sources said. The Border Security Force also called off the beating retreat ceremony at Wagah Border for Thursday.
There were reports that the Punjab government, following directions from the Union Home Ministry, could order evacuation of villages in a 10-km area along the border with Pakistan in Punjab.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has called a meeting in this regard later on Thursday.
On Thursday morning, Director General of Military Operations, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, announced that the Indian Army had conducted surgical strikes across the LoC on Wednesday night.
Being a frontier state, Punjab has seen most action in both the wars with Pakistan in 1965 and 1971.
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