Two balloons purportedly from Pakistan with a message for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Urdu were found in a village near Dinanagar in Punjab. At 11:30 pm on Friday, yellow-coloured balloons with a note in Urdu saying “Modiji, Ayub ki talwarein abhi hamare paas hain, Islam zindabad” were first spotted by Chanan Singh, a guard of village Kesal outside his house. The ballons were later handed over to the Dinanagar police.
Deep tensions remain between India and Pakistan post the Indian Army’s surgical strikes against terrorist camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) on Thursday. The border areas are on a security alert and notably, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was on a visit to the border districts of Gurdaspur and Pathankot today to review the arrangements for the safe evacuations of villagers in apprehension of retaliation by Pakistan.
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In July, a balloon with a picture of Pakistan flag with the message ‘I love Pakistan’ was recovered from Dinanagar. Last year, armed terrorists had attacked a police station at Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur district, killing seven people along with the Superintendent of Police.
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