Only symbolic I-Day celebrations on border - ECAS Punjab

Only symbolic I-Day celebrations on border

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 14

No exchange of sweets this year

  • Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers personnel did not exchange sweets and greetings on the occasion 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 said.

Due to the Covid-19 threat, the Independence Day celebrations on the Attari-Wagah border will remain a subdued affair this year. The decade-long tradition of holding a candlelight march up to the Attari-Wagah border has now been restricted. Peaceniks will carry out a symbolic march at the Integrated Checkpost (ICP) gate on the August 14-15 midnight.

Last year, the Aaghaz-e-Dosti Yatra travelled from Delhi to Attari with 80 members from across India and finally joined around 100 people for a vigil at the border. Ramesh Yadav, president, Folklore Research Academy, said the vigil would 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 said.

The peace activists paid tributes to 10 lakh people who lost lives on either side due to communal violence as a fallout of the Partition in 1947, and others who left their property and relatives behind. They resolved that the governments on both sides needed to start a comprehensive dialogue to bring their diplomatic, political and security agencies together to resolve the bilateral differences.

from The Tribune

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