India dancing to the tunes of Pakistan? Wagah ceremony held in Pak, despite suspension requests

Wagah border
Attari, Nov 4: Upon Pakistan's requests, India suspended the Wagah Border ceremony for three days in lieu of the suicide bomb massacre at the other side of the border. However, surprisingly, just hours after the request, Pakistan held the ceremony with its usual pomp and show. The Pakistani army also allowed tourists on its side of the border to attend and cheer the parade.

However, the Indian side could not display their usual gaiety due to the last minute announcement from the other side, lowering the Indian flag in silence. Earlier, the Home MInistry had said that the Indian Army had agreed to the request of Pakistan to suspend the ceremony for security reasons. Referring to the 1999 war, Home Ministry spokesman KS Dhatwalia said, "It is the first time we have suspended the ceremony after the war. The ceremony was not suspended even during Kargil."

General Ashok Kumar, a top official at the Border Security Force said that Pakistani Commanders informed their Indian counterparts at the last moment about their side of the ceremony.

The Wagah border ceremony is an elaborate affair where the army from both the sides display their country's pride and gallantry by kicking their feet high in mock aggression. Crowd from both the sides enjoys the emotions underlining the ceremony from bleachers displaying large potraits of Jinnah in Pakistan and Mahatma Gandhi in India.

Meanwhile, officials in India have declared that the ceremony will be held as usual from Tuesday.

OneIndia News

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