India evacuates thousands living near Pakistan border

India evacuated over 10,000 people living near the border with Pakistan in Indian Punjab and ordered security forces to upgrade surveillance along the frontier. Hundreds of villages were being cleared along a 15 kilometre strip in held Kashmir. Authorities in India’s northern Punjab state said they were evacuating villages within 10km of the border. “Our top priority is to move women and children to government buildings, guest houses and marriage halls,” said Nirmal Singh, deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.







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