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Centre, Punjab reverse decision on evacuation of border villages

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An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier keeps guard at the India-Pakistan border Chakri post, about 20km from Gurdaspur, on October 3, 2016. Pakistani and Indian troops on October 3 exchanged fresh fire across their de facto border in Kashmir, Islamabad said, following an overnight militant raid on an Indian army camp in which one trooper was killed. The two countries, who were separated at birth at the end of British colonial rule in 1947, have fought three full-blown wars in the last seven decades -- including two over Kashmir. / AFP PHOTO / NARINDER NANU

Chandigarh: The central government on Friday revoked its decision that led to the mass evacuation of villages in a 10-km belt along Punjab’s border with Pakistan.

Following this, the Punjab government has issued directions to allow the return of the people to their homes in the border villages in all six districts.

The evacuation was ordered on September 29 following the Indian Army’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC).