Wagah

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Wagah
واہگہ
Union Council
Wahga
The evening flag lowering ceremony at the India–Pakistan international border near Wagah
The evening flag lowering ceremony at the India–Pakistan international border near Wagah
Location of Wagah
Location of Wagah
Wagah is located in Pakistan
Wagah
Wagah
Location in Pakistan
Coordinates: 31°36′17″N 74°34′23″E / 31.60472°N 74.57306°E / 31.60472; 74.57306Coordinates: 31°36′17″N 74°34′23″E / 31.60472°N 74.57306°E / 31.60472; 74.57306
Country Pakistan
ProvincePunjab
DistrictLahore
ZoneWahga
Union Council181
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)

Wagah (Urdu: واہگہ‎, Shahmukhi Punjabi: واہگہ) or Wahga is a village and union council (UC 181) located in the Wahga Zone of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.[1] The town is famous for the Wagah border ceremony and also serves as a goods transit terminal and a railway station between Pakistan and India,[2]. Wagah is situated 600 metres west of the border and lies on the historic Grand Trunk Road between Lahore and Amritsar in India. The border is located 24 kilometres (15 mi) from Lahore and 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Amritsar. It is also 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the bordering village of Attari.

Wagah border ceremony[edit]

The border crossing draws its name from Wahga village, near which the Radcliffe Line, the boundary demarcation line dividing India and Pakistan upon the Partition of British India, was drawn.[3] At the time of independence in 1947, migrants from India entered Pakistan through this border crossing. The Wagah railway station is 400 metres to the south and 100 metres from the border. It is particularly known for the elaborate Wagah border ceremony that happens at the border gate, two hours before sunset each day.[3] The flag ceremony is conducted by the Pakistan Rangers and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) similar to the retreat ceremonies at Ganda Singh Wala/Hussainiwala border crossing and Mahavir/Sadqi border crossing.

Wagah flag[edit]

Following India's erection of a 360ft (110 m) flagpole on their side of the border in Attari, in August 2017 a 400ft (122 m) flag was installed on the Wagah side. The flag pole in Wagah is considered the tallest in South Asia. The pole in Attari the largest in India.[4][5]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://lgcd.punjab.gov.pk/system/files/MCLZones.pdf
  2. ^ "Mixed feelings on India-Pakistan border". BBC News. 14 August 2007.
  3. ^ a b Frank Jacobs (3 July 2012). "Peacocks at Sunset". Opinionator: Borderlines. The New York Times. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Tricolour on tallest flag mast installed near Attari border - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  5. ^ "Army Chief hoists flag on Wagah border". The Nation. Retrieved 2017-08-13.

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