Tension was palpable on Tuesday in the Kashmir Valley as news spread that the Indian Air Force (IAF) had hit Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) training camps in Balakot in Pakistan.
Kashmiris woke up on Tuesday when TV news channels were agog with reports that the IAF jets bombed terror camps in Balakot.
Everywhere on the street, small groups of people were seen discussing the fallout of the development.
Tuesday’s air strikes happened after 100 additional companies of paramilitary forces were airlifted to the Kashmir Valley.
Locals had doubted the official statements that the airlifting of the additional paramilitary forces was part of the preparatory exercise for the Lok Sabha elections.
The common man in the Valley is visibly disturbed over what might happen now.
“We always believed that whenever the two countries decide to target each other, they would do the same across the LoC. India says we have avenged the Pulwama attack. Pakistan is now saying they reserve the right to retaliate,” said Bashir Ahmed, a retired government servant.
“Where will both retaliation and counter retaliation happen? I have no doubt if that happens, Jammu and Kashmir will have to bear the brunt of such hostilities,” he added.
Locals fear the worst.
Asked how he reacts to the development, Ali Muhammad Dar, a resident of Badgam district, said: “Whatever is in our destiny will happen. I did not go out today. It is better to be with your family during such times.”
Abdul Gani, who lives in Saidpora area of Ganderbal district, said: “I am worried. Do we have to start digging trenches?”
The fear in Gani’s voice betrayed that his comment was not a joke.
Those better informed through newspapers and news channels were unsure about whether or not the air strike by India would settle the tension or worsen matters further.
“I told you yesterday and I must repeat it today. Armed conflicts once started take their own course without either side being in control to decide where such hostilities will end,” said Professor Muzaffar Ahmed, a retired college principal.
Those who earn their daily bread on a day-to-day basis are doubly disturbed.
“I fear being caught in the hostilities and fear losing my daily bread if the situation here takes an ugly turn. It is both ways a defeat for poor Kashmiris like me,” said Mohammad Maqbool, a mason in Badgam.
Parents here are worried about the education of their children.
Schools and colleges have been closed for two months because of the winter vacation and these are scheduled to re-open early next month in the Valley.
“If tensions mount further due to relations between India and Pakistan resulting in military hostilities, how can the educational institutions function normally?” wondered Javed Ahmad, whose two sons attend a school in Srinagar city.
Remove Holi Colours Without Harming Your Skin with these tips
Holi is one festival that everyone both loves and hates . We love it ,because of all the amazing colours that it brings to our lives and we hate it when our skin gets all those rashes ,after trying to take colours off . Well before you again resolve to not play Holi the next year . Here are some simple life hacks that you can use to easily get rid of those stubborn holi colours .
While Holi is an extremely joyous and playful festival the colour that is used is sometimes deangerous and harmfull to your skin .
1.Gramflour and Curd: To remove colour from hairs ,keep a mixure of curds and besan in aaamla(aamla has to be soaked in a water one night before) and wash it .After applying this, shampoo your hair . The colour from your hair will easily come out
2.Banana and Milk : Make a paste of banana and milk .Now add some honey to it and mix well . Apply this mixture on your head and leave it till it dries This will easily remove colour from your hairs
3.Fenugreek (Methi) seeds: Mix fenugreek seeds in curd and keep it overnighty .Apply this mixture on your head and leave it for half hour .After washing it shampoo your hair .The colour will come out easily
4.Multani Mitti : Use this pack on your face and keep it till it dries . It helps in removing colours . You can also apply the pack of lemon juice and curd on your skin and then wash it after 20 mint . It helps in removing strong colours from your skin.
5.Gramflour and Cream: Mix Gramflour, oil and cream and make a paste of it . apply it on your skin and wash it after it gets dry .
*Always apply coconut or mustard oil before playing colours on your skin