Peaceniks light candles at Indo-Pak border | The Daily Star
11:00 PM, August 15, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, August 15, 2009

Peaceniks light candles at Indo-Pak border


Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (C) inspects a guard of honour on India's Independence Day celebration at the Red Fort in New Delhi yesterday. India celebrated 63rd anniversary of independence from British rule with a vow to eradicate terrorism from its soil in the wake of last year's devastating militant attacks on Mumbai. Photo: AFP

In what has become an annual ritual at the Attari-Wagah international border between India and Pakistan, peace activists from both sides assembled at the check post in Attari border on Friday midnight to light candles and pledge for better relations between both sides.
The peaceniks, led by veteran Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar, walked up to the border gate on the Indian side, 30 km from Amritsar city, and lit candles there.
Border Security Force (BSF) officials accompanied the activists up to the gate.
BSF Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Jagir Singh told IANS that peace activists from both sides had come for the informal ceremony.
He said that BSF officials will exchange greetings with their counterparts from Pakistan Rangers on Saturday to celebrate India's 63rd Independence Day.
Peace activists from the Pakistan side also arrived at the Wagah border gate.
The annual ritual is carried out to mark Pakistan's creation day (Aug 14) and India's Independence Day (Aug 15).

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