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India Pakistan Border Wagha

'Beating of Retreat' Ceremony at International Border at Wagha. The Grant Trunk Road, one of the oldest and longest road in Asia and the oldest in India passes through India and Pakistan. Village Wagha on the Pakistan side and Village Atari on the Indian Side are the last villages of the respective countries.

Every evening as the sun sets, the Border Security Force of India and the Pakistan Rangers of Pakistan perform a perfectly coordinated lowering of flag and closing of door ceremony. Both Forces select tall handsome soldiers to particiapate in the drill. Thousands flock on both sides to watch the drill, which is performed with precision and showing some sort of mock belligerence which borders on the farcical! Spectators from both sides try to out shout each other with patriotic slogans.

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Taken on December 5, 2010