Punjab CM meets villagers evacuated from border areas post surgical strike in PoK
Pathankot (Punjab), Oct 01 (ANI): Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday met villagers evacuated from border areas after Indian Army conducted surgical strike in PoK. Later, he also visited a gurdwara with the villagers. Residents of nearly 1,000 villages in Punjab districts bordering Pakistan have been evacuated following escalation of tension between India and Pakistan after surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Badal said all schools falling within a distance of 10 km from the International Border with Pakistan had been ordered shut. Leave of all officials in the border belt, including police, has been cancelled. He urged people not to panic and assured that police will remain stationed in the evacuated villages to protect their property.