Pakistanis turn flag ceremony near Indian border into rally

The latest tensions were sparked by a militant attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir that killed 18 Indian soldiers.

By: AP | Wagha | Published:October 1, 2016 11:34 pm
(Representational image) Beating the retreat at wagha border near Amritsar.-express photograph by swadesh talwar (Representational image)

A routine daily flag-lowering ceremony at an Indian-Pakistani border crossing has become a show of strength and patriotism on the Pakistani side thanks to simmering tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.

Thousands of Pakistanis thronged the border town of Wagha Saturday to watch their soldiers lower the flag. The ceremony takes place daily and features a formal set of handshakes between Indian and Pakistani soldiers. Very few people attended from the Indian side.

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Saturday’s ceremony took on extra meaning because of an ongoing dispute between India and Pakistan over the contested territory of Kashmir.

The latest tensions were sparked by a militant attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir that killed 18 Indian soldiers. Both countries claim the Himalayan territory, which is split between Indian and Pakistani-controlled zones.

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    Kiko Za
    Oct 2, 2016 at 2:11 pm
    Sha me one India. Political problems should not be affecting sports or entertainers. Shame on India because stan has a bigger and louder voice within India! Shame on India for being left behind by the Chinese! Shame on India for orchestrating the Sri Lankan cricket attack, uri, and many covert operations on another national soil! Shame on idea for doing the Mumbai attacks! Shame on India for the rape culture that it is has adopted and seem fine with it! Shame on India for saying that they will stop the water! Shame on India for being backwards! Making alliance with the people who robbed raped you for over two hundred years tut tut! Just the other day they refused to hand back the Kohi noor! Shame on India for leaving their dead unburied literally left for dead! Shame on India for sending a fool as secret service operative and after being arrested India refuses to acknowledge him? Conclusion , India weak in the mind heart and soul, trying their best to save a dying religions!
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