Border tension affects wedding

Border tension affects wedding


Mounting tension between India and Pakistan after the February 14 Pulwama attack has resulted in the postponement of a wedding between a Rajasthani man and a Pakistani woman.

The groom, Mahendra Singh, had booked train tickets to Sinoi village in Amarkot district of Sindh province in Pakistan and was supposed to tie the knot with Chagan Kanwar on Saturday. However, his train was not allowed to leave the station due to the suspension of its operation by Pakistan authorities after border tensions between the two countries.

'We faced a lot of issues in getting visas. I spoke to (minister) Gajendra Singh for getting the visas to Pakistan. It was only because of him that we were able to get visas for five people. We had made all preparations and distributed invitation cards to the relatives,' Mahendra said.

Amid growing tension, Mahendra decided to postpone the wedding to March 8.

The tension escalated after a JeM suicide bomber attacked a bus ferrying CRPF jawans in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14. This was followed by an air strike by Indian Air Force on a terror launch camp across the Line of Control at Balakot.

India claimed it foiled an attempt by Pakistan Air Force to carry out strikes at a military installation in J&K. The attack led to the capture of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman by Pakistan. However, immense pressure from the Indian government compelled Pakistan to send Abhinandan home after 58 hours.