SOME PAKISTANIS threw stones at the Indian side of the Wagah border just minutes before the retreat ceremony began on Sunday evening. This, despite both the Pakistan government and Army refusing to admit to the surgical strikes by Indian Army para commandos on terror launch pads on the Line of Control in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir last Thursday.
As tension prevailed, the Border Security Force had barred the entry of Indian public from attending the retreat in the aftermath of the Indian Army’s operation and had resumed public entry only on Sunday. Around 250-300 people were on the Indian side of the border, while over a thousand were present on the Pakistan side, informed a senior BSF official.
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The BSF official said the Pakistanis began raising anti-India slogans and then started pelting stones, resulting in people running for cover on the Indian side. No one, however, was injured during the incident, said the official. The retreat concluded even as the Pakistan Rangers deployed there tried in vain to stop their countrymen.
A flag meeting between senior officials of the BSF and Pakistani Rangers was held during which the latter was informed about it and they assured about the verification, said a commandant at Wagah, who did not want to be quoted. He told the correspondent to speak to the IG, BSF. But the latter did not respond despite repeated attempts to contact him.
It is learnt that the retreat was conducted and the Pakistani visitors went all out, shouting slogans against India, Indian PM and Indian Army. “We lodged our protest with the Pakistan Rangers by calling a flag meeting,” said DIG and senior BSF PRO RS Kataria.