Chambliyal mela along India-Pakistan border in Samba cancelled

Jammu, Jun 22: The three centuries-old Chambliyal Mela–a symbol of bonhomie between India and Pakistan-has been cancelled in view of prevailing tension along the international border.
An aspect of the shared cultural legacy of India and Pakistan, the Chambliyal Mela has been an annual feature in Ramgarh sector of Samba district of Jammu region.
“Chambliyal Mela, at International Border, is cancelled this year,” Tara Singh, Deputy Commissioner, said.
He said that civilians as usual will visit the Baba Chambliyal shrine to pay obeisance but there will be no arrangements by the Border Security Force and district administration as part of the celebrations.
BSF sources affirmed, “Indian side has decided to cancel this mela due to the ongoing tension with Pakistan on the international border.”
The mela is celebrated every year by both the sides at the international border.
It is a three-day affair at village Saidawali in Sialkot opposite to village Chambliyal on Indian side.
Pakistani Rangers hand over a traditional ‘chaddar’ to their counterpart to be laid at Baba Chambliyal ‘dargah’.
In return, they take ‘shakkar’ (soil) and ‘sharbat’ (water), which is believed to cure skin diseases.
On Thursday, BSF and Pakistan Rangers held Sector Commander-level talks, agreeing to maintain peace. BSF lodged a protest against ceasefire violations and sniping.
Three BSF personnel were martyred and five civilians injured on June 3 in unprovoked firing by Pakistan.
Chambliyal Mela is organised on every last Thursday of June.