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Last Updated : Feb 26, 2019 03:36 PM IST | Source: PTI

Tension mounts in Kashmir after IAF air strikes on Pakistan

Many residents, including former chief minister Omar Abdullah, took to social media to express their fears about the possibility of a full blown confrontation between the two nuclear powers.


Tension was palpable in Kashmir on February 26 after Indian Air Force fighter jets struck terror camps deep inside the territory of the neighbouring country.

Residents of Srinagar and other major towns in the valley could be seen discussing in small groups the fallout of the IAF's pre-dawn strikes inside the Pakistani territory.

"We hope that it ends here and there is no more escalation. If there is escalation in hostilities, it will be the people on either side of the Line of Control who will suffer the most," Abdul Gani Dar (80), who has witnessed all wars between India and Pakistan, said.

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Many residents, including former chief minister Omar Abdullah, took to social media to express their fears about the possibility of a full blown confrontation between the two nuclear powers.

Residents of Kashmir had gone on a hoarding spree after the government launched a crackdown on separatists and Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir cadres last week. The move was followed by the deployment of 100 additional companies of paramilitary forces in the valley.

Governor Satya Pal Malik had on February 24 allayed fears of the people, saying it was only an election-related exercise and there was no reason to panic.

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In an apparent dig, Abdullah said the reports about an Indian Air Force C17 Globemaster III flying over Jammu and Kashmir was about election duty and had nothing to do with the air strikes in Pakistan.

"It's sitting in Srinagar offloading paramilitary forces to deal with internal security & election duty. Has nothing to do with the airstrike in to Pakistan this morning," the National Conference leader said.

Meanwhile, the officials said security forces have been asked to remain on alert as the NIA is carrying out raids on residences of some top separatist leaders and their sympathisers.

Security forces have been deployed in strength in vulnerable areas of the city as officials expect protests against the raids.

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First Published on Feb 26, 2019 11:52 am
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