Wagah is the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan. It lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, India and Lahore, Pakistan. The border at Wagah is also a ceremonial border where each evening a retreat ceremony called ‘lowering of the flags’ is held since 1959. The ceremony involves an energetic parade by the Indian Border Security Force (B.S.F) and the Pakistan Rangers soldiers. It may appear slightly aggressive and even hostile to foreigners but in fact the paraders are imitating the pride and anger of a Cockerel. Troops of each country put on a show in their uniforms with their colorful turbans. Border officials from the two countries sometimes walk over to the offices on the other side for day to day affairs. The happenings at this border post have been a barometer of the India-Pakistan relations over the years.
WoP News Desk
Pakistan and India have agreed to open a new joint trade route at the Wagah border to boost up trade activity after recent foreign secretaries-level talks in Islamabad. This decision was taken during a Pak-India meeting at the Wagah border.
Pakistani side was represented by Interior Joint Secretary Shabbir Ahmed, while Joint Secretary Interior KK Mittal led the Indian delegation, reported a private TV channel. The meeting was informed that the new trade route was being opened because trade at the border at Wagah is affected due to the parade and other reasons.
The Wagah border would be solely used for parades and entry and exit of delegations with the establishment of new trade route.
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