Only symbolic I-Day celebrations on Attari-Wagah border

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 14

No change of sweets this 12 months

  • Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers personnel didn’t change sweets and greetings on the event of Pakistan’s Independence Day on Friday. “As per Covid-19 guidelines, there was no plan to offer or accept sweets. This time, the traditional parade and hoisting of the flag will be held, but the occasion will be devoid of visitors,” a BSF official stated.

Due to the Covid-19 menace, the Independence Day celebrations on the Attari-Wagah border will stay a subdued affair this 12 months. The decade-long custom of holding a candlelight march as much as the Attari-Wagah border has now been restricted. Peaceniks will perform a symbolic march on the Integrated Checkpost (ICP) gate on the August 14-15 midnight.

Last 12 months, the Aaghaz-e-Dosti Yatra travelled from Delhi to Attari with 80 members from throughout India and eventually joined round 100 individuals for a vigil on the border. Ramesh Yadav, president, Folklore Research Academy, stated the vigil can be symbolic this time. “Pakistan peaceniks have been celebrating their Independence Day at SAFMA office in Lahore. We conducted a joint online session through video-conferencing and exchanged opinions,” he stated.

The peace activists paid tributes to 10 lakh individuals who misplaced lives on both facet as a consequence of communal violence as a fallout of the Partition in 1947, and others who left their property and kinfolk behind. They resolved that the governments on each side wanted to begin a complete dialogue to convey their diplomatic, political and safety companies collectively to resolve the bilateral variations.

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