Paramilitary personnel celebrate 66th Independence Day at Wagah

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 14:20 hrs

Personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF) exchanged sweets with the Pakistani Rangers at the Wagah border check post near Amritsar city on the occasion of India's 66th Independence Day on Wednesday.

Security personnel guarding the India-Pakistan border took part in the celebrations and danced with visitors to the tunes of patriotic songs.

Enthusiastic youngsters, holding the tricolour in their hands, took several rounds of a small stretch of road up to the international border gates.

The sight added to the joy and enthusiasm of other thousands of spectators present on the occasion.

Inspector General, Border Security Force (Frontier), Aditya Mishra, hoisted the flag at the border and urged the youth to revive the moral values and principles preached by the freedom fighters and to unite for the welfare and progress of the nation.

"This is an occasion, which is shared by both the countries, as both the countries received independence 65 years ago. And since then, both countries are moving forward together. So, this is an occasion which is common on this border. Yesterday night, this occasion was celebrated by organising a candle march. On such an occasion, both forces deployed on the border exchange happiness and congratulate and give wishes on behalf of their respective country," said Mishra.

In Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch District Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla unfurled the flag and received the guard of honour.

"India has always tried to maintain friendly relations with neighbouring countries, so that peace prevails in South Asia and both the nations tread on the path of development. I feel that all these things are only possible with a collective effort," said Bhalla.

Participants dressed in traditional attires presented colourful dance performances.

Thousands of people across the country are celebrating Independence Day with national fervor and zeal.

Authorities have left no stone unturned to ensure that security remains watertight throughout the country.

Pakistan and India gained independence from Britain in 1947, the former celebrating its Independence Day on August 14, and the latter a day later, on August 15. (ANI)

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