The Darood Sharif line is a religious boundary line between India and Pakistan. It is also known as the 'Line of Control' (LOC) in the Indian subcontinent. It is a narrow strip of land that is about 1,000 kilometers long. The line is located in the disputed Kashmir region. It is the de facto border between the two countries. The line was drawn to segregate the Muslim majority areas in the north-west from the Hindu majority areas in the south-east. The line was also intended to protect the Muslim minority in India from the Hindu majority.
The Darood Sharif line was established in 1949. It was created by the British Indian government as a part of the Partition of British India. The line was created to divide the Muslim majority Pakistan from the Hindu majority India.
The Darood Sharif line is also significant for its religious symbolism. For Muslims, the line represents the boundary between the 'House of Islam' and the 'House of War'. It is also seen as a symbol of Islamic unity and solidarity.
The line has been a source of conflict between the two countries. It has been the site of three wars between India and Pakistan. The line is also the site of the Kargil War between the two countries.
The line is heavily militarized. There are around one million soldiers stationed on both sides of the line. The line is also patrolled by aircraft and drones. The line has been closed to civilian traffic since the outbreak of the Kashmir conflict in 1989. The line is only open to military personnel and diplomats.
The line is a symbol of the divisions between India and Pakistan. It is a reminder of the violence and conflict that has plagued the region for decades.