Retreat ceremony continues to attract thousands at Wagah border

December 30th, 2008 - 2:03 pm ICT by ANI  

Wagah border (Punjab), Dec 30 (ANI): Thousands of curious onlookers gathered at Wagah border in Punjab to witness the elaborate retreat ceremony performed by Indian and Pakistani security personnel at dusk.
As part of a ritual, armed soldiers from India’’s Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistan Rangers march theatrically at 5:00 pm every day to the gates at the Wagah border and lower their flags.
The ceremony attracts thousands of people on both sides of the border who come from far wand wide to witness this spectacle.
“People to people contact is always normal, but it is the government to government contact which needs to be worked upon. Our government is very responsive, but Pakistan Government does not respond in the same manner. There are no differences between their people and our people. There are no problems in one-to-one people contact. But their government should think over the way they encourage terrorism in our country. They have to think about it and withdraw then only something can be done,” said Arvind Khanna, a visitor.
Many said that both sides should sort out things amicably.
“It is very easy to fight. Both sides should sort out things amicably and with wisdom. That is the only correct solution to the problem otherwise there is no end to the conflict,” said Alka, another visitor.
Tension between the two countries has risen sharply after last month’’s militant attacks on Mumbai that killed 179 people. (ANI)

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