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Saint Paul's Church of Ambala cantonment town, Hayana is one of the most reputed protestant and oldest churches in the country built during the most crucial time in colonial India's history. The Indian Rebellion - Sepoy Mutiny was on across northern India in 1857 and the British were preoccupied with the tough task of quelling the rebels. Consecrated on 04 January 1857 to cater to the spiritual needs of the British officials and soldiers, the church was a big one and could accommodate 1000 people at one time. It was here the inauguration of the Diocese of Amritsar took place and today it appears that it will soon be the Mother Church of the Diocese. Under the East India Company's rule this Cathedral was earlier the only cantonment church of the British army constructed on a huge land of 20 acres. Presently, a major portion of the area is under the Indian Army for its use and running an Air Force School. The Indian Cantonment Board is controlling it and the church is open to all devotees.
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Though legally and constitutionally Kashmir is part of India, it has been a bone of contention between two countries since India's independence in August 1947. Pakistan, it is a known fact, purposely creating problems in Kashmir under India's control, using religious sentiments. The war of 1965 was as a result of skirmishes that frequently took place between April 1965 and September 1965 between these countries. Under Pakistan's Operation Gibraltar, the Pakistan Army carefully planned to infiltrate forces into Jammu and Kashmir to incite an insurgency against Indian rule. India retaliated by launching a full-scale military attack on West Pakistan. In this war Pakistan Air Forces targeted civilian areas. St Paul's Church, an early British legacy in this part was bombed during one of the raids.