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Wagah




Wahga

واہگہ
Wahga
The evening flag lowering ceremony at the Pakistan–India international border near Wagah
Location of Wagah
Coordinates:
Country Pakistan
ProvincePunjab
DistrictLahore
ZoneWahga
Union Council181
Population
 • TotalCantonment village: 26,900
Municipal corporate council: 560,968
Border: 230,008
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)

Wahga (Urdu: واہگہ‎, Shahmukhi Punjabi: واگھا) or Wagha is a village and union council (UC 181) located in the Wahgah 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 (2,000 ft) 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.

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Wagah-Attari border ceremony


Border crossing

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 the independence in 1947, migrants from India entered Pakistan through this border crossing. The Wagah railway station is 400 metres (1,300 ft) to the south and 100 metres (330 ft) from the border.

Border crossing ceremony

The Wagah-Attari border ceremony 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 International Parade Ground border crossing. A marching ceremony, known as the "Silly Walk ceremony", is conducted each evening along with the flag ceremony. The ceremony started in 1986 as an agreement of peace, although there was not a conflict at that time. Other Middle Eastern nations have adapted similar ceremonies in recent years.

Wagah flag


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

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Categories: Wagha Town | India–Pakistan border crossings | Villages in Punjab, Pakistan | Checkpoints








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