Villagers Near Indo-Pak Wagah Border Told To Move

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CHANDIGARH:  Punjab is on most alert today while villagers close to the Wagah  border with Pakistan have been told to move to safer locations following the Indian Army’s surgical strike across the Line of manage.

“Punjab is the only  state of most alert,” Harcharan Bains, the consultant to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, said in Chandigarh.

He said suitable steps were being taken to make sure the safety of people in the  Wagah border areas among Pakistan.
Mr Bains said the state cupboard would meet in the evening, to be chaired by chief minister Badal, to take store of the situation and take suitable action.

The Punjab government has ordered the migration of villages in a 10-km belt along the border with Pakistan following the surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

The union Home Ministry directed the Punjab government to get the border villages evacuated.

Local the system used loudspeakers of Gurdwaras to announce to people in the border villages to leave their homes and villages and move to Wagah Border.

All schools and other institutions Educatiions Departments in the Wagah border belt have been planned shut. All leave of Punjab Police and medical personnel in the border areas has been cancelled.

Punjab’s  Wagah border districts include Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Abohar and Fazilka.

knowledgeable sources said the Border Security Force (BSF) was mobilizing its troops and increase the security along the border.

Punjab shares a 553-km border with Pakistan.

The BSF has cancelled the Retreat service at the Attari-Wagah border joint check-post (JCP) at Attari, 30 km from Amritsar, officials said.

The BSF and district establishment have asked visitors and tourists not to move towards Attari for the service. It is not clear when the service will resume or not