Wagah

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The evening flag lowering ceremony at the India–Pakistan international border near Wagah

Wahga (Punjabi (Gurmukhi): ਵਾਹਗਾ, Hindi: वाघा, Urdu: واہگہ‎) is a village situated near a road border crossing , Goods transit terminal and a Railway station between Pakistan and India,[1] and lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, Punjab, India, and Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

The border is located 24 kilometres (15 mi) from Lahore and 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Amritsar.

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Wagah, named Wahga in Pakistan, is a village near which the accepted Radcliffe Line, the boundary demarcation line dividing India and Pakistan upon the Partition of India, was drawn.[2] The village lies 600 meters west of the Border line. At the time of independence in 1947, the migrants from the Indian parts of subcontinent entered the present day pakistan through this border crossing. The Wahga Railway station lies 400 meters to the south and only 100 meters from the Border line itself. In pakistan the Border crossing is known as Wahga Border wheras in India it is called Atari Border crossing, named after the indian village Atari, which lies 500 meters east of the border line within indian territory.

It is particularly known for the elaborate Wagah border ceremony that happens at the border gate, two hours before sunset each day.[2] The flag ceremony is conducted by Pakistan Rangers (PR) and Indian Border Security force (BSF).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mixed feelings on India-Pakistan border". BBC News. 14 August 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Frank Jacobs (3 July 2012). "Peacocks at Sunset". Opinionator: Borderlines. The New York Times. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 

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Coordinates: 31°36′16.9″N 74°34′22.5″E / 31.604694°N 74.572917°E / 31.604694; 74.572917