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Surgical Strike: Villages, Civil hospital near Pak border being evacuated in Punjab Pictured: Punjab and Himachal Pradesh police carry out combing operations following reports that some local residents had spotted 2-3 "suspicious men" in Army fatigues in Pathankot on Sept 28. 2016.IANS

Villages along the border in Punjab have been put on alert after the surgical strike across LoC on Thursday. 

Schools were shut down, emergency ward of Civil Hospital in Pathankot was cleared in preparation for any eventuality and villages near Attari sector were evacuated. Villages in the 10 km radius could be evacuated by the Punjab government, which was following Union government's orders. 

Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal convened an emergency meeting in view of escalating situation on the India-Pakistan border. 

The Beating retreat by the Border Security Force on the Wagah border was also cancelled on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the surgical strike was lauded by politicians from different parties and citizens celebrated the response India gave to the Uri attack, which had killed 19 soldiers. 

Relations between India and Pakistan have turned sour with India isolating Pakistan on global forums. The SAARC summit stands postponed as a result. The US, Afghanistan and Russia had condemned the attack on the Army base on September 18. 

The Army responded swiftly by attacking terror camps along the LoC on Thursday. Terror bases 1-3 km away from the LoC were attacked. 

"Significant casualties have been caused to these terrorists and those who are trying to support them," Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, director general of military operations told a press conference on Thursday. "The operations aimed at neutralising the terrorists have since ceased."

The attack on Thursday is being seen as Prime Minister Modi fulfilling his promise of punishing those responsible for the Uri attack.  

 
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