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Sikh devotees wave from a special train at Attari Station before leaving for Pakistan to celebrate birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji. BSF Jawans keep vigil at Attari international border. The security has been tightened up after a suicide bomb attack at Wagah, in Pakistan. BSF and Pak Rangers perform at the beating the retreat ceremony after a suicide bombing at the Pakistan-Indian border post, in Wagah, Pakistan. Pakistani border guards perform high kicks during a flag lowering ceremony after a suicide bombing at the Pakistan-Indian border post, in Wagah, Pakistan. BSF jawans with sniffer dogs checking luggage of passengers at Attari international border. The security have been beefed up in the region after the Sunday's suicide bomb attack at Wagah in Pakistan. A security jawan checking luggage of passengers at Attari international border. The security have been beefed up in the region after a suicide bomb attack at Wagah, in Pakistan. International Indo-Pak, Attari border closed after bomb blast at Wagah (Pakistan). Tourists along with BSF jawans at Attari border after bomb blast at Wagah. A child injured in a bomb explosion receives initial treatment at a local hospital in Lahore. At least 52 people, including children and security personnel, were killed and about 200 others injured in a powerful suicide blast in Pakistan at Wagah. A man mourns for relatives killed in a bomb explosion at a local hospital in Lahore. At least 52 people, including children and security personnel, were killed and about 200 others injured in a powerful suicide blast in Pakistan at Wagah. People gather to identify bodies of their relatives killed in a bomb blast at a local hospital in Lahore, Pakistan. At least 52 people, including children and security personnel, were killed and about 200 others injured in a powerful suicide blast in Pakistan at Wagah. A Pakistani Ranger (R) and an Indian Border Security Force Jawan march during the flag-alowering ceremony at the Wagah border. BSF Inspector General, Punjab Frontier, Ashok Kumar giving sweets and fruit basket to Pakistani Rangers wing Commander Mohammad Asher Khan on the occasion of Independence Day in Attari. Pakistan Rangers greeting BSF personnel on the occasion of Eid, at Wagah. Released Indian fishermen wait to cross over to India at Pakistani border post Wahga.  Pakistan released over 150 Indian fishermen who were arrested on the charges of illegally entering Pakistan's territorial waters, ahead of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's trip to Delhi to attend the inauguration ceremony of India's newly elected prime minister, Narendra Modi. D K Pathak, Director General, BSF, gifting a sweet basket to an official of the Pakistan Rangers at Wagah. Actor Raza Murad along with his family members on way to Pakistan via Attari border. Pakistan Army DGMO Maj Gen Aamer Riaz and Indian Army DGMO Lt Gen Vinodh Bhatia before the delegation level meeting at the Wagah-Attari border.

BSF Delegation led by Director General, BSF India going to Pakistan via Attari-Wagah border, about 35 kms from Amritsar, to hold meeting with Pakistan Rangers on various border management issues. 

Pakistan Army DGMO Maj Gen Aamer Riaz and Indian Army DGMO Lt Gen Vinodh Bhatia during the delegation level meeting at the Wagah-Attari border.

Officials of Indian foreign ministry and district administration carrying the belongings of Sarabjit Singh who was murdered in Pakistan in May, 2013, on it's arrival at Attari- Wagah border. Emotional family members of Sarabjit Singh standing next to his belongings which arrived in India via Attari-Wagah International border. Girls in colourful attires tying 'Rakhis' on the wrists of BSF jawans on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan festival at Indo-Pak Attari-Wagah border. Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh tying 'Rakhi' on the wrist of a BSF jawan on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan festival at Indo-Pak Attari-Wagah border. BSF jawans and officers dance on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan festival at Indo-Pak Attari-Wagah border. Pakistan troops, right, give sweet to their Indian counterparts on the occasion of Pakistan's Independence Day at Wagah border. The Pakistani military accused Indian troops of carrying out a new round of shelling along Kashmir border. BSF and Pak Rangers exchange sweets on the occasion of Id-ul-Fitr at Attari-Wagha border. Indian prisoners arriving after their release on completion of their terms in Pakistan, via Indo-Pak Attari-Wagah border. Policemen stop BJP workers who were holding a protest against Pakistan over the killing of Sarabjit Singh at Attari-Wagha border. <b>Wagah, May 1:</b> Sarabjit’s daughters break down after their return from Lahore Sister Dalbir Kaur along with wife Sukhpreet Kaur and daughter Swapandeep of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, severely injured in a brutal assault last week in a jail in Pakistan, talking to the media at Wagah border on their arrival. Sarabjit Singh's sister Dalbir Kaur, wife Sukhpreet Kaur and daughters  Poonam and Swapandeep Kaur crossing the Attari/Wagah international border to meet Sarabjit Singh at Jinnah hospital,Pakistan. Sikh pilgrims leaving for Pakistan by a special train from Attari Railway Station to celebrate Baisakhi“ festival and visit Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib and Dera Sahib. BSF women constable and Jawan’s celebrate “Holi at Indo-Pak Attari/ Wagha borde  near Amritsar. Daily legshow at the Wagah-Attari border BSF Commandant Satish Kumar giving sweets to Pakistan Rangers' Wing Commander Adnan Sher Khan on  the occasion of 64th Republic Day at Attari border. Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers and Pakistani Rangers, in black, takes part in a daily retreat ceremony at the Joint Check Post at Wagah near Amritsar. Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers and Pakistani Rangers, in black, takes part in a daily retreat ceremony at the Joint Check Post at Wagah near Amritsar. A Pakistani Ranger in black uniform and his Indian counterpart, march during a flag off ceremony, at the joint Pakistan-India border check post of Wagah near Lahore, Pakistan. BSF DIG P S Bains receives Pakistan Rangers DG Brig Muhammad Jamil and his delegation on their arrival via Attari / Wagah border for a meeting to discuss various border issues. Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia receiving a Pakistani delegation led by Law Minister of Punjab (Pakistan) Rana Sanaullah at Attari-Wagah border. BSF and Pak Rangers at beating the retreat ceremony at Attari-Wagah border. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on his arrival at Attari-Wagah border after completing his Pakistan tour. Pakistani prisoners on their way to home through Wagah border after they were released by the Indian authority on completion of their jail terms. BSF DIG Baby Joseph exchanging Diwali greetings with Pakistan Rangers' Wing Commander Adnana at Attari-Wagah Indo-Pak international border.  Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, heading a high powered delegation comprising of 6 cabinet ministers and representatives of trade and industry, is received by Punjab (Pakistan) Assembly Speaker Rana Iqbal after he crossed over to Pakistan through Attar-Wagah border for meetings with Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab. 
BSF DIG Baby Joseph (L) presents sweets to Pakistani Rangers Wing Commander Adnan on the occasion of  Eid-ul-Zuha at Wagah border. Indian fishermen on their arrival in Amritsar after being release by Pakistani authorities. 
A 17-member delegation of Pakistani Parliamentarians led by senator Mohammad Jehangir arrives through Wagah border. Mohd Sohail Riaz, Wing Commander, Pakistan Rangers,  presenting sweets to Border Security Force DIG ID Singh on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr at Wagah border. A Hindu family from Pakistan arrives at Attari railway station. Director General, Pakistan Rangers, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hilal Hussain, giving sweets basket to Border Security Force DIG Sanjeev Bhanot on the occasion of Pakistan's 66th Independence Day at Wagah border. Hindu pilgrims arriving in India from Pakistan via Attari-Wagah border. A total of 223 pilgrims have arrived to India to visit Amritsar, Haridwar, Indore, Rishikesh and Delhi on a 33-day visa. File Photo: BSF women constables take part in the 'Beating the Retreat Ceremony' at Indo-Pak Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar on July 22, 2010. The Times of India (TOI) quoted Border Security Force (BSF) Inspector-General (Frontier) Aditya Mishra as having told the newspaper recently that Pakistan has also agreed to women platoon commanders for the beating retreat ceremony. Surjeet Singh is greeted by his family and relatives on his arrival at the Indian side of Attari-Wagah border after being released by the Pakistani authorities. Surjeet Singh waves as he is greeted by his family and relatives on his arrival at the Indian side of Attari-Wagah border after being released by the Pakistani authorities. Surjeet Singh waves on his arrival at the Indian side of Attari-Wagah border after being released by the Pakistani authorities. Setting foot on home soil after 31 years, Surjeet Singh arrived to an emotional welcome by friends and family who broke into celebrations on catching his glimpse. 69-year-old Singh, who was released from Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail this morning, crossed to the Indian side at Wagah border after being handed over by Pakistani security personnel who had held him by an iron chain attached to his belt. <b>A welcome opening</b> Pakistani porters with Indian goods at the Wagha-Attari border Pakistani prisoners at Attari-Wahga international border on their way to home after completion of their jail terms in India.     
                        Indian, Pakistani army officers exchange sweets on Id at Wagah A BSF jawan guards near a newly constructed gate at the India-Pakistan Attari-Wagah joint check post on Thursday. The newly constructed gates at the integrated check-post (ICP) at the Indo-Pakistan Wagah border will be inaugurated by Home Minister P. Chidambaram on April 13 2012. Indian prisoners wave as they arrive through Attari-Wagah international border after completion of their jail terms in Pakistan. Commerce, Industry and Textiles Minister Anand Sharma gestures before leaving for Pakistan through Attari-Wagah border. Sharma is leading a 150-member business delegation of chief executives on his three-day visit to Pakistan to boost trade between the two countries. People waves Tri-colours during 63rd Republic Day celebrations at Indo-Pak Wagah border. Goods exchange at Wagah border, Indian loaders in blue BSF DIG Sanjeev Bhanot giving sweet basket to Pakistani Rangers wing Commander Sohail Khan on the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha at Indo-Pak Attari-Wahga check-post near Amritsar. Pakistani prisoners on their way to home after they were released by the Indian government after completion of their jail terms, at Attari-Wagah international border about 35 kms from Amritsar. <b>Mellow Drama</b>
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The middle of August 64 years ago bore witness to a momentous change and left open wounds that’ve been festering ever since. The midnight anniversary of that heady night this year saw yet another in a long line of well-meaning attempts at a post-facto field-dressal. Unless you believe Mahesh Bhatt can mend broken bridges. His body of work isn’t really an endorsement of such. Girls tying Rakhi on the wrists of BSF jawans during celebrations of Raksha Bandhan festival at Indo-Pak international Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar. Pakistani prisoners on their way to home after they were released by Indian authorities following completion of their jail terms, at Attari-Wahga border about 35 kms from Amritsar. India released 91 Pakistani prisoners. BSF DIG C Vasudevan is greeted by Brigadier Wali Mohammad, Deputy Director General, Pakistan Rangers, as he leaves for Pakistan side for a delegation level meeting at Attari-Wagah border about 35 kms from Amritsar. Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir arrives at the Attari-Wagah Indo-Pak border, about 35 kms from Amritsar. Bashir will attend the foreign secretaries meeting in Delhi on Tuesday. Dalbir Kaur, (L) sister of Sarabjit Singh, lodged in Pakistani jail, gives gifts and greeting cards to Sarabjit's daughters Swapandeep Kaur (R), Poonam Kaur (2nd R) and wife Sukhpreet Kaur (2nd L) upon her return from Pakistan at Wagah border, near Amritsar. Dalbir returned from Pakistan after meeting her brother Sarabjit, lodged in Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore. <b>Agent Release</b> Ansar Burney being received at the Wagah border in April 2008 Pakistani prisoners on their way to home after being released by Indian administration on completion of their jail terms, at Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar. Sister Dalbir Kaur of Sarabjit Singh, on death row in Pakistan, before leaving for Pakistan via Indo-Pak Attari-Wahga border about 35 km from Amritsar to meet him in Pakistan's Kot Lakhpat Jail. Pakistani prisoners on their way to home after being released by Indian administration on completion of their jail terms, at Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar. Pakistani prisoners on their way to home after being released by Indian administration, at Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar. Gopal Das, center, waves as he enters India at the India-Pakistan border post of Wagah. Pakistan's president canceled the remaining sentence of Das, imprisoned in Pakistan for the last 27 years, on humanitarian grounds in response to an unusual appeal by the Indian Supreme Court. Gopal Das is hugged by his sister as he arrives via Attari-Wagah border, about 35 kms from Amritsar after serving 27 years of imprisonment in Pakistan. He was arrested in 1984 and was sentenced for twenty five years on spying charges. Gopal Das raises his hands as he arrives in India via Attari-Wagah border, from Amritsar after serving twenty seven years of imprisonment in Pakistan. He was arrested in 1984 and was sentenced for twenty five years on spying charges. Gopal Dass stands on an immigration desk at Pakistani border post Wagha along the Indian border following on his way to his country. Das was set free after 27 years following an appeal by the Indian Supreme Court. Das was jailed on spying charges for life imprisonment. Pakistani cricket fans, on their way to attend the Pakistan and India Cricket World Cup semifinals to be played in Mohali on March 30, photographed at a Wagah border post near Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistani cricket fans holding national flags leave for India at a Wagah border post near Lahore, Pakistan. Ordinary life will stop for several hours as hundreds of millions of fans tune in to follow the India-Pakistan semifinal in Mohali. Ejaz Butt, Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board leaves for India at a Wagah border post near Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistani cricket fans arrive via Attari-Wagah Indo-Pak border about 35 KM from Amritsar to watch CWC semifinal match between India and Pakistan at Mohali on March 30. Pakistani prisoners carry their belongings as they walk towards Pakistan after their release from Indian prisons, at the joint India-Pakistan check post at Wagah, about 40 kilometers from Amritsar. India released seven Pakistani prisoners. Wing Commander Mohd Usman (L) of Pakistani Rangers gives a sweet packet to BSF DIG Sanjeev Bhanot  on the occasion of India's Republic Day celebrations at the Indo-Pak International  border near Amritsar Hundreds of tomato-laden trucks get stranded outside Attari-Wagah border after Indian exporters refused to export any vegetable to Pakistan in protest against its onion export ban, near Amritsar.  Indian nationals, who were arrested by Pakistani authorities on charges of violating maritime and land boundaries, kiss the soil as they arrive at Attari-Wagah border, about 35 kms from Amritsar, after their release from Pakistani prisons. Indian nationals, who were arrested by Pakistani authorities on charges of violating maritime and land boundaries, wave as they arrive at Attari-Wagah border, about 35 kms from Amritsar, after their release from Pakistani prisons. A medically unfit Pakistani national who was released from an Indian prison is carried by policemen before being handed over to Pakistan Rangers soldiers at the Indo-Pak joint check post at Wagah, near Amritsar. Sixty-four Pakistani nationals, including 56 fishermen, crossed over to Pakistan at the Wagah land border after being released from jails in India. Released Pakistani prisoners walk to cross over to Pakistan through the Indo-Pak joint check post on Attari-Wagha border, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Amritsar. India released 28 Pakistani prisoners from various jails in India as a goodwill gesture. BSF women constables take part in the 'Beating the Retreat Ceremony' at Indo-Pak Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar on July 22, 2010. BSF women constables take part in the 'Beating the Retreat Ceremony' at Indo-Pak Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar on July 22, 2010. A child looks towards an Indian Border Security officer as he stands guard at the joint India-Pakistan check post at Wagah, about 40 kilometers from Amritsar. Suspected Pakistani militants talk to each other as they wait for their turn to cross over to Pakistan after their release from an Indian prison, at the joint India-Pakistan check post at Wagah, about 40 kilometers from Amritsar. India revoked the detention orders of 25 suspected militants from Pakistan, lodged in different jails of India and facilitated their return to Pakistan. 


Suspected Pakistani militants wait for their turn to cross over to Pakistan after their release from an Indian prison, at the joint India-Pakistan check post at Wagah, about 40 kilometers from Amritsar. India revoked the detention orders of 25 suspected militants from Pakistan, lodged in different jails of India and facilitated their return to Pakistan. 

Maj Gen Muhammad Yaqub Khan, DG Pakistan Rangers, presenting sweet boxes to BSF jawans on his arrival for a meeting, at Indian side of Indo-Pak Attari-Wagah International Border near Amritsar. During this meeting both the forces will discuss matters pertaining to defence constructions, firing incidents, border problems and crime like drug trafficking, infiltration and other border related issues. Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir arrives at Attari-Wagah border, about 45kms from Amritsar enroute to Pakistan after Indo-Pak secretary level taks in Delhi. Pakistani Hockey Team players on their arrival at Attari/Wahga international border about 45 kms from Amritsar to play World Cup Hockey Tournament in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram being presented a memento by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during inauguration of an Integrated Check Post at Attari-Wahga international border about 45 km from Amritsar to facilitate trade and passengers traffic between India and Pakistan. A BSF soldier stands guard near an unexploded rocket allegedly fired from Pakistan as his colleagues inspect the direction of the attack inside the compound of a BSF post near Wagah, near Amritsar. 4 rockets were allegedly fired from Pakistan, two of which exploded in an agricultural field and two unexploded rockets landed in the compound of a BSF post near Wagah. No casualty has been reported. Indian Border Security Force soldiers participate in the 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony at the joint India-Pakistan border check post at Wagah, near Amritsar. Pakistani Rangers, in black, and Border Security Force soldiers participate in the 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony at the joint India-Pakistan border check post at Wagah, about 40 kilometers from Amritsar, India Indian fishermen bow down as they cross over to India after being released from imprisonment by Pakistani authorities at the joint India-Pakistan check post at Wagah, about 40 kilometers from Amritsar. Pakistani authorities released 100 Indian fishermen Saturday who had been held on allegations they illegally crossed into Pakistan's waters. Pakistani Rangers (L) and Border Security Force (BSF) personnel perform the daily beating the retreat ceremony at the India-Pakistan Border at Wagah In this photo taken Sunday, July 19, 2009, border guards of India, right, and Pakistan, face one another at a daily closing ceremony at the Wagha border post near Lahore, Pakistan. Eid Mubarak. Pakistan Rangers Brigadier Kamran giving sweets to his BSF counterpart HS Dhillon on the occasion of “Eid ul Zuha' festival at Indo Pak Attari-Wahga border about 45 km from Amritsar on Saturday. PTI PhotoImage Two school girls run with the national flag before the 'beating the retreat' ceremony, on the Indian side of the joint India-Pakistan border check post of Wagah, in Amritsar. Soldier collects the remains of a rocket at the site of a blast at Dhoni khurd village in the Wagah sector, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Amritsar.Three rockets fired from Pakistan had landed near the border villages of Dhoni Khurd and Modey in Punjab state. The rockets fired fell in empty fields and did not cause any damage. Pakistan's border security forces rejected the contention. A Pakistani Border Guard unfurls Pakistan's national flag as school girls sing the national anthem on the occasion of Pakistan's 62nd Independence Day at Wagah border check post near Amritsar. Border Security Force soldiers stand with Rakhis displayed on their wrists, tied by school and college girls as a symbolic gesture during celebrations marking Raksha Bandhan, at Wagah border. Indian army officials walk near a blast site at Dhandae village, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Amritsar. According to news reports, two shells were believed to be fired at an village, allegedly from Pakistan's side, near the Attari-Wagah land border joint check post, causing blasts in a paddy field late Saturday night. A BSF jawan is greeted by a Pakistani Ranger on Holi at Indo-Pak Attari - Wagah International Border. <b>Kashmir Singh:</b>After 35 years as a Pakistani prisoner, he crossed the border at Wagah as a free man. (And then Ansar Burney, the Pakistani man hailed for securing his release, got deported from IG airport!) For Pakistani and Indian border guards however it was business as usual. Here they are shown shaking hands during the Beating the Retreat ceremony at the India and Pakistan joint border check post of Wagah near Lahore, Pakistan. <b>Saturday 30 June</b><br>Pakistani prisoners released from Indian jails offer prayers before crossing over to the 

Pakistani side of the border, at 
the joint border check post of Wagah. Ahead of the Indo-Pak Home Secretary-level talks next week, India released 43 
Pakistani prisoners out of which 33 were civilians, while the remaining 10 were fishermen who were languishing 

different jails in the states of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. A majority of 

them had been arrested on the charges of crossing into the Indian territory illegally. Pakistan has responded by 

releasing some 50 detainees, mostly fishermen from Gujarat, who were arrested on the similar charges. Indian authorities prepare to hand over the bodies of the victims of the Samjhauta Express train attack to Pakistan at 
the joint border check post, Wagah. The bodies of 12 victims of the Samjhauta Express blasts were today handed over 
to their families at the zero line at Wagah border. Bodies of six victims of the Samjhauta Express blasts, including five 
Pakistani nationals, will also be buried tomorrow in a village near here as local authorities sought permission for burying 
other unidentified bodies fearing further decomposition. Also, a Pakistani  C-130 aircraft, specially arranged for the blast 

victims by Pakistan, took seven Pakistani nationals who were admitted with burn injuries at New Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital back home. Eighty-four hours after the ghastly incident,  as many as 30 of the 68 victims of the Samjhauta Express tragedy still remain unidentified.
School children tie rakhi's on the wrist of Border Security Force soldiers on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan at the India and Pakistan joint border check post, in Wagah. Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival where women tie rakhi, a sacred thread, around the wrist of their brothers to symbolize the special bond between brother and sister. 
<b>Monday 7 August</b><br>Get out! The peace process? Ah, well, we are back to chucking out diplomats in tit for tat moves. Expelled Indian diplomat Deepak Kaul crosses into India, at Wagah, the joint India-Pakistan border post. The Indo-Pak peace process suffered yet another blow on Saturday as they expelled each other's diplomats after Islamabad's
"<a href=full.asp?fodname=20060805&fname=indopak&sid=1 target=_blank>outrageous</a>" action of handcuffing, blindfolding and detaining of Deepak Kaul, who was arrested Saturday morning on Islamabad-Lahore Highway, some 90 km from the Pakistani capital, when he was on his way to Wagah border to meet his family. Reacting swiftly to Islamabad's action, India expelled Syed Muhammad Rafique Ahmed, Counseller (Political) in the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi, for being involved in activities incompatible with his diplomatic status. Pakistani teenagers Mithan Masih, Shaukat Ali, Imran Masih and Muhammad Khurram, who were released by Indian authorities, wave to the media as they enter into Pakistan at Wagah. Six Pakistanis, including the four teenage boys, returned home after being released from Indian jails where they were held between seven months to 15 years for illegal border crossing. <b>Friday 20 January</b><br>A Pakistani border guard stands at a vantage point as the first Lahore-Amritsar bound passenger bus travels to India from Wagah terminal in Pakistan. In their efforts to enhance people-to-people contact, India and Pakistan launched their third bus service - this time between Amritsar and Lahore - when a bus with 26 passengers arrived here to rousing cheers. The 'Dosti' (friendship) bus will arrive from Lahore every Friday and return from Amritsar on Saturday, being renamed Punj Aab after the land of the five rivers. The two governments had earlier launched the bus services 'Sada-e-Sarhad' from New Delhi to Lahore and 'Kaarvan-e-Aman' from Srinagar to Muzaffarabad.
It started out as a human interest story about an Indian national, <a href=full.asp?fodname=20050905&fname=SPY+%28F%29&sid=1 target=_blank> Sarabjeet
Singh</a>, to be hanged on charges of carrying out a series of bomb attacks in Pakistan 15 years ago. But then relatives and politicians cranked up the pressure on New Delhi to intercede and save him from the gallows. His family wrote to the president, prime minister as well as the Pakistani president saying Sarabjit was innocent. To make matters more poignant, family members threatened suicide if Sarabjit were to be executed. TV coverage followed, passions were whipped up, school children wrote to 'Uncle Musharraf' to pardon Sarabjeet. There may not have been much public protest about others, but it did force at least a stirring of acknowledgement about hundreds of others languishing in jails across the borders, on either side. <b>Sunday 11 December</b><br>Pakistani folk musicians perform as the Lahore-bound bus from Amritsar enters Pakistan through the Wagah border near Lahore. Euphoric Pakistanis greeted the Amritsar-Lahore 'Punj Aab Express' trial bus as it crossed the Radcliff Line. It is the third such service launched between the two neighbours as part of their peace process. The other two are the Lahore-Delhi and Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus services that commenced in July 2003 and April 2005, respectively. Earlier, October 16 was fixed for the trial run but it did not materialize owing to the October 8 earthquake. The 45 passenger-capacity bus is scheduled to start operating on 27 December and will be available twice a week. <b>Tuesday  29 November </b><br>Sikhs offer prayers outside a gold-plated wooden palanquin carrying the Guru Granth Sahib as it crosses the India-Pakistan joint check post at Wagah. About 1,500 Sikh pilgrims carried the palanquin across the border to celebrate the 536th birthday of the religion's founder, Guru Nanak. The pilgrims had planned to mark Guru Nanak's birthday on November 15 at a shrine in the eastern Pakistani town of Nankana Sahib, but an earthquake that devastated the region last month forced them to postpone the journey.
<b>Monday 31 October</b><br>Writer and poet Amrita Pritam, widely known across the Punjab on two sides of the Wagah border, as the poet who captured the poignancy of Partition, a doyen of Punjabi literature died in her sleep at the age of eighty-six. The first woman recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, she was also the first woman to be awarded the Padma Shri and was given the Jnanpith Award for lifetime contribution to Punjabi literature in 1982. Among her famous books are the novels <i>Pinjar</i>, which was recreated on celluloid recently by director Chandra Prakash Diwedi,<i> Ek Thi Saara, Kachchi Sarak, Unchaas Din</i> and <i>Adalat</i> and a collection of 29 stories of love and romance <i>Alif Laila--Hazaar Dastan</i>.
<b>Monday 12 September</b><p>This is the largest prisoner exchange between India and Pakistan since 1972. Altogether 435 Indians, including 371 fishermen, who had strayed into Pakistan, were released by Pakistan while India set free 152 Pakistani nationals at this border crossing at Wagah. The decision to free the prisoners, who had served their sentences and whose documentation was complete, was taken at the Home Secretary-level talks between the two countries held in New Delhi on August 29 and 30. Porters of Pakistan and India load goats onto a truck at Wagah, the joint border post near Lahore to transport them to the Indian side. The two countries have lifted some trade barriers after a gap of nearly five decades. <b>Tuesday 30 August</b><p>In the background of the national limelight accorded to the case of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian citizen facing death sentence in Pakistan, after two days of intensive parleys between Indian Home Secretary V.K. Duggal and his Pakistani counterpart Syed Kamal Shah, both sides agreed to give necessary instructions to begin the exercise to set free fishermen and civilian prisoners whose national status was confirmed. By September 12 all fishermen and civilian prisoners who have completed their sentence would be released, the two countries agreed, even as they committed themselves to combating terrorism by taking effective steps for its complete elimination. <b>Friday 26 August</b><p>Family members of <a href=full.asp?fodname=20050905&fname=SPY+%28F%29&sid=1 target=_blank>Sarabjit Singh</a> display an appeal for his release, at the India and Pakistan joint border check post of Wagah. After a week long Save Sarabjit campaign launched by his family, picked up by TV channels that exhorted viewers to send SMSs, and followed by an official Indian government request, Pakistan finally granted permission to Indian diplomats to visit Sarabjit , who is sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in the 1990 bomb blasts in Lahore and Multan. The breakthrough came after hectic lobbying by India and now Indian officials will be able to meet Sarabjit at the Kot Lakhpat jail in Punjab province on 30th August. The PoK-based Hizbul Mujahideen has now asked the Pakistan government to seek clemency for Mohammed Afzal, sentenced to death in India in the Parliament attack case, before granting pardon to Sarabjit Singh awarded the death penalty. Wonder when the TV channels will similarly exhort young kids to exhort Uncle Musharraf to release the 54 POWs that Pakistan claims it doesn't have, or the Most Wanted such as Dawood? <b>Tuesday 26 July</b><p>An Indian porter waits to hand over a sack of garlic to a Pakistani porter at the Wagah border check post. After almost five decades, direct trade by road between India and Pakistan was resumed from the Wagah border following a limited trade agreement concluded earlier this year. Pakistan has allowed India to export onion, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes and livestock, to meet shortages. India can, in turn, import cotton, sugar, lentils and dry fruit. So far, exports to Pakistan were routed through either the Mumbai port or on the weekly Samjhauta Express. <b>Saturday 4 June</b><p>Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar salutes upon his arrival at Indo-Pakistan joint border at Wagah, near Lahore. Initiating the first ever contact between the two countries in the energy sector, the petroleum ministries of India and Pakistan have agreed to set up a joint working group (JWG) to thrash out issues and modalities for getting the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project off the ground by January 2006. If the terms and the roadmap decided by the JWG are acceptable to both the countries, gas from 4.16-billion dollar worth and 2,600-km long pipeline, 760-km of which would pass through Pakistan, would start flowing from early 2010. Iran, which at present is not part of the JWG, will join the discussions at a later stage to convert the project into a trilateral agreement. A Pakistani participant of the Indo-Pak peace march arrives from India at the Wagah border post near Lahore. <b>Sunday 17 April</b><p>Ten year-old Amir, a Pakistani fisher boy, waves as he leaves Ahemdabad railway station. 156 Pakistani fishermen languishing in jails in Jamnagar and Kutch districts of Gujarat left for their homes by a train after they were released by Indian authorities. They were later handed over to Pakistani authorities at the Wagah border post. A released Pakistani prisoner kisses the ground after his arrival at the border post Wagah near Lahore. India handed over 24 Pakistanis detained for border violations, including some who had been held more than a decade. The External Affairs Ministry has announced that India will further release156 Pakistani fishermen on April 19 as a humanitarian gesture. Meanwhile, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said that New Delhi will offer more confidence building measures to Islamabad during the weekend visit of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to Delhi for the one-day cricket match. President Musharraf has also said he is optimistic about his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the peace process between the two countries was now fairly irreversible. <b>Tuesday 22 March</b><p>564 Indian prisoners are handed over to Indian officials at the Wagah border post after their release from Pakistani jails. Most of the prisoners released were fishermen who were caught fishing illegally in the territorial waters of Pakistan or those who entered the country with valid documents. The release followed an appeal made by Left front leaders Harkishen Singh Surjeet and A B Bardhan, and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to Pakistan's President Gen Pervez Musharraf during their recent visits to the country. It is one of the largest prisoner transfers to be arranged between the two countries, but the Pakistani authorities have refused to release the boats and trawlers of the fishermen. <b>Sunday 6 March </b><p>Pakistani cricket fans carry a 150-meter long Pakistani flag as they cross into India at Wagah border post. Propagating cricket to be a 'great unifier', the first batch of 750 Pakistani fans crossed the border raising slogans like <i>'Hind-Pak Dosti Zindabad'</i> and 'Long Live Indo-Pak cricket'. Earlier, the Samjhauta Express, which was expected to carry them from Lahore to Attari, was cancelled due to technical reasons. Indian officials have said they would issue more than 8,000 visas to Pakistani fans so they could attend the first Test, which starts on March 8 in Mohali. However, officials of the Punjab Cricket Association have said that out of total 7,500 tickets sent to Pakistan, only 3,000 were sold and more than 4,000 have been returned. Pakistani Rangers personnel take photographs as an Indian Border Security Force personnel looks on at the Indian side of the Indo-Pakistan border post, 27 kilometers south of Jammu. The BSF today claimed that Pakistani troops have illegaly encroched upon a 40 metre land in Ballard area in the Samba sub-sector, but the issue would be solved in the BSF-Pakistani Rangers commandent level meeting scheduled for tomorrow. <b>Friday November 26</b><p>Sikh pilgrims bring a <i>palkee</i>, or a bunch of flowers to pay homage to Guru Nanak in Nankana Sahib, 85 kilometers west of Lahore, Pakistan. Nearly 3,000 Sikh pilgrims from India crossed into Pakistani territory through rail route to celebrate the 535th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak at his birth place. Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province Pervaiz Elahi , who led the Indian <i>jatha</i>, declared the huge estate housing the Gurudwara Nankana Sahib as a 'model city' and announced his government's plan to build a Wagah-Nankana sahib expressway, a Rs 20 million hospital besides a function hall, restaurant and a motel. Elahi said that Pakistan is ready to start a bus service between Lahore and Amritsar, if India permits. <b>Saturday 18 September</b><p>Ludkan Baba rolls on the Grand Trunk Highway near the India-Pakistan border post at Wagah. Baba, a <i>sadhu</i> from Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh, is rolling from his village to Lahore, a distance of 2,400 kilometers, in support of the ongoing peace initiatives between the two countries. On Saturday, India announced further liberalisation of visas for Pakistani nationals covering doctors, academicians and accredited journalists, setting a positive tone for the forthcoming meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in New York. The unilateral liberalisation includes multiple- entry visa, clearance for visiting 12 instead of current three places, and exemption from reporting to the police.  <b>Monday 9 August</b><p>Indian Army's Sapper Mohammed Arif is greeted by the Army and BSF officers after crossing into India from Pakistan at the Wagah border after being released by a Pakistani prison. Arif and another soldier Lance Naik Jagsir Singh were declared deserters by the Indian Army after they went missing during a demining operation on the LoC after the Kargil conflict in 1999 and were released after five years when the two countries exchanged their Prisoners of War (POWs). India, in return, released four Pakistani nationals - three civilians and a soldier, Salim Shah, who was lodged in Amritsar jail since 1999. <b>17 February</b><p> A BSF officer hands over Pakistani boys, who had illegally entered India, to Pakistan's border guard at the Wagah border post. India released eight Pakistani boys coinciding with the three day  Secretary level talks in Islamabad -the first such talks in three years. Both countries agreed on a diplomatic 'road map' for the peace process, which includes talks on a Srinagar- Muzaffarbad and Sind -Rajasthan bus service in March, Foreign Secretaries meeting on Kashmir in May/June, talks on terrorism in July and a Foreign Ministers' summit in August. Pakistani cricket player Saeed Anwar escorted by a BSF officer crosses over to India at the Wagah border.  A 12 member team from Pakistan will play a match against the Punjab's XI team in Patiala. Soldiers of Pakistan Rangers monitor a railway track between Pakistan and India at the Wagah railway station near Lahore. The Samjhauta Express between Lahore and Attari  will resume from January 15. Vijay Kumar Jhanji, Judge of Jammu & Kashmir High Court  arrives with  advocate Harbhagwan Singh,  at Wagah border post near Lahore. A delegation of Indian lawyers arrived in Pakistan to improve relations between the two countries. Pakistan Railway's Additional General Manager Muhammad Iqbal Khatri welcomed by Indian railway officers at the Wagah border. Khatri and three other Pakistani officials met their counterpart is Delhi and thew two countries agreed to resume Samjhauta Express from Attari to Lahore twice a week as also freight services from January 15, after a gap of two years. Shehnaz Kauser Parveen crosses into Pakistan along with her India born six year old daughter Mobin at Wagah border. Parveen, a Pakistani citizen was raped by a jail employee in the border town of Poonch, gave birth to a daughter in 1996. On Friday, a Jammu court ruled that Mobin was a legal resident of Jammu and ordered the government to give Mobin and her mother a house and 300,000 rupees. Actress Urmila Matondkar waves to her Pakistani friends as she leaves for India at Wagha Border, Pakistan. Urmila was in Lahore to make a music video about the improving relations between her country India and Pakistan. The actress urged visa restrictions be eased so more artists could travel between the rival neighbours. Actress Urmila Matondkar  receives flowers from Pakistani actress Rashim  as she crossed the Wagah border to Pakistan. Urmila arrived in Lahore to make a music video about the improving relations between India and Pakistan. The actress urged visa restrictions be eased so more artists could travel between the rival neighbours. Pakistan Rangers' Col. Sher Zaman Khan presents sweets to Border Security Force Battlion commander D.K. Sharma at Wagah border to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Guns fell silent across the Line of Control and Siachen at the stroke of midnight as Indian and Pakistan forces began observing a ceasefire agreed by their respective governments. Pakistani prisoners sit in a bus before crossing into Pakistan at the border post of Wagah. As a goodwill gesture on the Childrens Day, India released seven Pakistani teenagers from juvenile jails in Punjab and Gujarat. Pakistani national Dinesh Kumar, 16, waves  before crossing into Pakistan at the border post of Wagah. Dinesh is one of the seven Pakistani prisoners released today by the Indian government. Members of India's Under-19 cricket team cross over to the Indian side from Wagah border. The team won the four nations Asia Cricket Cup under 19 tournamnet in Lahore. Sikh piligrims wave after crossing into Pakistan at Wagah border. They arrived in Lahore to participate in birth aniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev. The Indian Spin Trick: open the gate but double security. Cynics would call it the great Indian googly, but the CCS decision to announce fresh peace proposals - including resumption of cricketing ties, new bus and ferry services, but no talks till cross-border terrorism exists - and that the deputy PM would talk to the separatist Hurriyat - of course the moderate faction led by Ansari - has certainly placed the ball in Pakistan court now. Predictably, they characterised it as putting the cart before the horse. India's new ambassador to Pakistan, Shiv Shaker Menon, is received by a Pakistan Border Security Force officer, Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at the Wagah border, Pakistan. BSF officer Ish Aul, guides bus driver Aamir Khan, to the customs office after the Lahore-Delhi bus entered India at the Joint Border Post at Wagah, Friday, July 11, 2003. The bus service resumed Friday after it was disrupted 18 months ago. <b>SATURDAY, JUNE 14</b><br>Sikh pilgrims arrive in Pakistan through the Wagah border post on special permission to attend a religious festival. Meanwhile, Pakistan Premier Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali has ruled out chances of an immediate summit meeting between him and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. <b>MONDAY, MAY 26</b><br>Passengers wave after entering India at Wagah, in the Delhi - Lahore bus, in this Dec. 29, 2001 file photo. India decided to resume the bus service which was stopped 17 months ago after the attack on the Parliament. Pakistani Rangers open the international gate between India and Pakistan as the New Delhi - Lahore bus enters India at Wagah, in this Dec. 29, 2001 file photo. India decided to resume the bus service that was stopped after the attack on the Parliament. Pakistan lawmakers Sherry Rehman, left, Ishaq Khan Khakwani, center waving, and others wear garlands as they enter into India, at the Wagah check post, Thursday, May 8, 2003 on what they described as an unofficial peace mission. A BSF office marches back after shaking hands with a Pakistan Rangers officer during the 'Beating the Retreat'ceremony at the Wagah border check post, Tuesday, April 29, 2003. Pakistan's information minister said Tuesday that the telephone call from Pakistan PM Zafarullah Khan Jamali to Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a critical icebreaker in the decades-long standoff between the nuclear rivals. <b>Magic bus</b><br>But that magic was to evaporate soon after. The February 20, 1999, drive from Wagah to Lahore ended in Kargil weeks later. Sudhir Vyas, the acting Indian Ambassador to Pakistan, talks to press at Wagah border before his departure to New Delhi. India and Pakistan expelled their diplomats in the latest tit-for-tat expulsions that have further deteriorated relations between the nuclear-armed rivals. Family members of expelled Indian diplomat Vipin Handa move to the immigration counter, after crossing into India from Pakistan, at Wagah border. India expelled four Pakistani embassy officials and Pakistan retaliated by expelling four Indian officials.
Nov 04, 2014
Sikh devotees wave from a special train at Attari Station before leaving for Pakistan to celebrate birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji.

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Nov 03, 2014
BSF Jawans keep vigil at Attari international border. The security has been tightened up after a suicide bomb attack at Wagah, in Pakistan.

- PTI Photo
Nov 03, 2014
BSF and Pak Rangers perform at the beating the retreat ceremony after a suicide bombing at the Pakistan-Indian border post, in Wagah, Pakistan.

- AP Photo/ K.M. Chaudary
Nov 03, 2014
Pakistani border guards perform high kicks during a flag lowering ceremony after a suicide bombing at the Pakistan-Indian border post, in Wagah, Pakistan.

- AP Photo/ K.M. Chaudary
Nov 03, 2014
BSF jawans with sniffer dogs checking luggage of passengers at Attari international border. The security have been beefed up in the region after the Sunday's suicide bomb attack at Wagah in Pakistan.

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Nov 03, 2014
A security jawan checking luggage of passengers at Attari international border. The security have been beefed up in the region after a suicide bomb attack at Wagah, in Pakistan.

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Nov 03, 2014
International Indo-Pak, Attari border closed after bomb blast at Wagah (Pakistan).

- PTI Photo/ Shiva Sharma
Nov 03, 2014
Tourists along with BSF jawans at Attari border after bomb blast at Wagah.

- PTI Photo/ Shiva Sharma
Nov 02, 2014
A child injured in a bomb explosion receives initial treatment at a local hospital in Lahore. At least 52 people, including children and security personnel, were killed and about 200 others injured in a powerful suicide blast in Pakistan at Wagah.

- AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary
Nov 02, 2014
A man mourns for relatives killed in a bomb explosion at a local hospital in Lahore. At least 52 people, including children and security personnel, were killed and about 200 others injured in a powerful suicide blast in Pakistan at Wagah.

- AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary
Nov 02, 2014
People gather to identify bodies of their relatives killed in a bomb blast at a local hospital in Lahore, Pakistan. At least 52 people, including children and security personnel, were killed and about 200 others injured in a powerful suicide blast in Pakistan at Wagah.

- AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary
Sep 05, 2014
A Pakistani Ranger (R) and an Indian Border Security Force Jawan march during the flag-alowering ceremony at the Wagah border.

- AFP (From Outlook 15 September 2014)
Aug 15, 2014
BSF Inspector General, Punjab Frontier, Ashok Kumar giving sweets and fruit basket to Pakistani Rangers wing Commander Mohammad Asher Khan on the occasion of Independence Day in Attari.

- PTI Photo
Jul 29, 2014
Pakistan Rangers greeting BSF personnel on the occasion of Eid, at Wagah.

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May 26, 2014
Released Indian fishermen wait to cross over to India at Pakistani border post Wahga. Pakistan released over 150 Indian fishermen who were arrested on the charges of illegally entering Pakistan's territorial waters, ahead of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's trip to Delhi to attend the inauguration ceremony of India's newly elected prime minister, Narendra Modi.

- AP Photo/ K.M. Chaudary
May 11, 2014
D K Pathak, Director General, BSF, gifting a sweet basket to an official of the Pakistan Rangers at Wagah.

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Mar 15, 2014
Actor Raza Murad along with his family members on way to Pakistan via Attari border.

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Dec 24, 2013
Pakistan Army DGMO Maj Gen Aamer Riaz and Indian Army DGMO Lt Gen Vinodh Bhatia before the delegation level meeting at the Wagah-Attari border.

- PTI Photo
Dec 24, 2013
BSF Delegation led by Director General, BSF India going to Pakistan via Attari-Wagah border, about 35 kms from Amritsar, to hold meeting with Pakistan Rangers on various border management issues.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Dec 24, 2013
Pakistan Army DGMO Maj Gen Aamer Riaz and Indian Army DGMO Lt Gen Vinodh Bhatia during the delegation level meeting at the Wagah-Attari border.

- PTI Photo
Nov 28, 2013
Officials of Indian foreign ministry and district administration carrying the belongings of Sarabjit Singh who was murdered in Pakistan in May, 2013, on it's arrival at Attari- Wagah border.

- PTI photo/ Deepak Sharma
Nov 28, 2013
Emotional family members of Sarabjit Singh standing next to his belongings which arrived in India via Attari-Wagah International border.

- PTI photo/ Deepak Sharma
Aug 21, 2013
Girls in colourful attires tying 'Rakhis' on the wrists of BSF jawans on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan festival at Indo-Pak Attari-Wagah border.

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Aug 21, 2013
Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh tying 'Rakhi' on the wrist of a BSF jawan on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan festival at Indo-Pak Attari-Wagah border.

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Aug 21, 2013
BSF jawans and officers dance on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan festival at Indo-Pak Attari-Wagah border.

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Aug 14, 2013
Pakistan troops, right, give sweet to their Indian counterparts on the occasion of Pakistan's Independence Day at Wagah border. The Pakistani military accused Indian troops of carrying out a new round of shelling along Kashmir border.

- AP Photo/ Hamza Ahmed
Aug 09, 2013
BSF and Pak Rangers exchange sweets on the occasion of Id-ul-Fitr at Attari-Wagha border.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
May 25, 2013
Indian prisoners arriving after their release on completion of their terms in Pakistan, via Indo-Pak Attari-Wagah border.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
May 05, 2013
Policemen stop BJP workers who were holding a protest against Pakistan over the killing of Sarabjit Singh at Attari-Wagha border.

- PTI Photo/Deepak Sharma
May 03, 2013
Wagah, May 1: Sarabjit’s daughters break down after their return from Lahore

- AFP (From Outlook 13 May 2013)
May 01, 2013
Sister Dalbir Kaur along with wife Sukhpreet Kaur and daughter Swapandeep of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, severely injured in a brutal assault last week in a jail in Pakistan, talking to the media at Wagah border on their arrival.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Apr 28, 2013
Sarabjit Singh's sister Dalbir Kaur, wife Sukhpreet Kaur and daughters Poonam and Swapandeep Kaur crossing the Attari/Wagah international border to meet Sarabjit Singh at Jinnah hospital,Pakistan.

- PTI Photo/Deepak Sharma
Apr 10, 2013
Sikh pilgrims leaving for Pakistan by a special train from Attari Railway Station to celebrate "Baisakhi“ festival and visit Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib and Dera Sahib.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Mar 27, 2013
BSF women constable and Jawan’s celebrate “Holi at Indo-Pak Attari/ Wagha borde near Amritsar.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Feb 21, 2013
Daily legshow at the Wagah-Attari border

- AFP (From Outlook 04 March 2013)
Jan 26, 2013
BSF Commandant Satish Kumar giving sweets to Pakistan Rangers' Wing Commander Adnan Sher Khan on the occasion of 64th Republic Day at Attari border.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Jan 13, 2013
Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers and Pakistani Rangers, in black, takes part in a daily retreat ceremony at the Joint Check Post at Wagah near Amritsar.

- AP Photo/Sanjeev Syal
Jan 13, 2013
Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers and Pakistani Rangers, in black, takes part in a daily retreat ceremony at the Joint Check Post at Wagah near Amritsar.

- AP Photo/Sanjeev Syal
Jan 11, 2013
A Pakistani Ranger in black uniform and his Indian counterpart, march during a flag off ceremony, at the joint Pakistan-India border check post of Wagah near Lahore, Pakistan.

- AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary
Dec 19, 2012
BSF DIG P S Bains receives Pakistan Rangers DG Brig Muhammad Jamil and his delegation on their arrival via Attari / Wagah border for a meeting to discuss various border issues.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Dec 15, 2012
Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia receiving a Pakistani delegation led by Law Minister of Punjab (Pakistan) Rana Sanaullah at Attari-Wagah border.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Nov 21, 2012
BSF and Pak Rangers at beating the retreat ceremony at Attari-Wagah border.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Nov 16, 2012
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on his arrival at Attari-Wagah border after completing his Pakistan tour.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Nov 15, 2012
Pakistani prisoners on their way to home through Wagah border after they were released by the Indian authority on completion of their jail terms.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Nov 13, 2012
BSF DIG Baby Joseph exchanging "Diwali" greetings with Pakistan Rangers' Wing Commander Adnana at Attari-Wagah Indo-Pak international border.

- PTI Photo/Deepak Sharma
Nov 05, 2012
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, heading a high powered delegation comprising of 6 cabinet ministers and representatives of trade and industry, is received by Punjab (Pakistan) Assembly Speaker Rana Iqbal after he crossed over to Pakistan through Attar-Wagah border for meetings with Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab.

- PTI Photo/Deepak Sharma
Oct 27, 2012
BSF DIG Baby Joseph (L) presents sweets to Pakistani Rangers Wing Commander Adnan on the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha at Wagah border.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Oct 26, 2012
Indian fishermen on their arrival in Amritsar after being release by Pakistani authorities.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Aug 22, 2012
A 17-member delegation of Pakistani Parliamentarians led by senator Mohammad Jehangir arrives through Wagah border.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Aug 20, 2012
Mohd Sohail Riaz, Wing Commander, Pakistan Rangers, presenting sweets to Border Security Force DIG ID Singh on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr at Wagah border.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Aug 20, 2012
A Hindu family from Pakistan arrives at Attari railway station.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Aug 14, 2012
Director General, Pakistan Rangers, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hilal Hussain, giving sweets basket to Border Security Force DIG Sanjeev Bhanot on the occasion of Pakistan's 66th Independence Day at Wagah border.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Aug 11, 2012
Hindu pilgrims arriving in India from Pakistan via Attari-Wagah border. A total of 223 pilgrims have arrived to India to visit Amritsar, Haridwar, Indore, Rishikesh and Delhi on a 33-day visa.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Jun 30, 2012
File Photo: BSF women constables take part in the 'Beating the Retreat Ceremony' at Indo-Pak Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar on July 22, 2010. The Times of India (TOI) quoted Border Security Force (BSF) Inspector-General (Frontier) Aditya Mishra as having told the newspaper recently that Pakistan has also agreed to women platoon commanders for the beating retreat ceremony.

- PTI File Photo
Jun 28, 2012
Surjeet Singh is greeted by his family and relatives on his arrival at the Indian side of Attari-Wagah border after being released by the Pakistani authorities.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Jun 28, 2012
Surjeet Singh waves as he is greeted by his family and relatives on his arrival at the Indian side of Attari-Wagah border after being released by the Pakistani authorities.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Jun 28, 2012
Surjeet Singh waves on his arrival at the Indian side of Attari-Wagah border after being released by the Pakistani authorities. Setting foot on home soil after 31 years, Surjeet Singh arrived to an emotional welcome by friends and family who broke into celebrations on catching his glimpse. 69-year-old Singh, who was released from Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail this morning, crossed to the Indian side at Wagah border after being handed over by Pakistani security personnel who had held him by an iron chain attached to his belt.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Jun 07, 2012
A welcome opening Pakistani porters with Indian goods at the Wagha-Attari border

- Narendra Bisht
May 29, 2012
Pakistani prisoners at Attari-Wahga international border on their way to home after completion of their jail terms in India.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Apr 26, 2012
Indian, Pakistani army officers exchange sweets on Id at Wagah

- AFP (From Outlook, May 07, 2012)
Apr 12, 2012
A BSF jawan guards near a newly constructed gate at the India-Pakistan Attari-Wagah joint check post on Thursday. The newly constructed gates at the integrated check-post (ICP) at the Indo-Pakistan Wagah border will be inaugurated by Home Minister P. Chidambaram on April 13 2012.

- PTI Photo/Deepak Sharma
Feb 16, 2012
Indian prisoners wave as they arrive through Attari-Wagah international border after completion of their jail terms in Pakistan.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Feb 13, 2012
Commerce, Industry and Textiles Minister Anand Sharma gestures before leaving for Pakistan through Attari-Wagah border. Sharma is leading a 150-member business delegation of chief executives on his three-day visit to Pakistan to boost trade between the two countries.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Jan 26, 2012
People waves Tri-colours during 63rd Republic Day celebrations at Indo-Pak Wagah border.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Nov 10, 2011
Goods exchange at Wagah border, Indian loaders in blue

- Narendra Bisht
Nov 07, 2011
BSF DIG Sanjeev Bhanot giving sweet basket to Pakistani Rangers wing Commander Sohail Khan on the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha at Indo-Pak Attari-Wahga check-post near Amritsar.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Aug 25, 2011
Pakistani prisoners on their way to home after they were released by the Indian government after completion of their jail terms, at Attari-Wagah international border about 35 kms from Amritsar.

- PTI Photo/ Deepak Sharma
Aug 17, 2011
Mellow Drama

The middle of August 64 years ago bore witness to a momentous change and left open wounds that’ve been festering ever since. The midnight anniversary of that heady night this year saw yet another in a long line of well-meaning attempts at a post-facto field-dressal. Unless you believe Mahesh Bhatt can mend broken bridges. His body of work isn’t really an endorsement of such.

- PTI

Aug 13, 2011
Girls tying Rakhi on the wrists of BSF jawans during celebrations of Raksha Bandhan festival at Indo-Pak international Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar.

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Jul 26, 2011
Pakistani prisoners on their way to home after they were released by Indian authorities following completion of their jail terms, at Attari-Wahga border about 35 kms from Amritsar. India released 91 Pakistani prisoners.

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Jul 26, 2011
BSF DIG C Vasudevan is greeted by Brigadier Wali Mohammad, Deputy Director General, Pakistan Rangers, as he leaves for Pakistan side for a delegation level meeting at Attari-Wagah border about 35 kms from Amritsar.

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Jul 25, 2011
Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir arrives at the Attari-Wagah Indo-Pak border, about 35 kms from Amritsar. Bashir will attend the foreign secretaries meeting in Delhi on Tuesday.

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Jul 05, 2011
Dalbir Kaur, (L) sister of Sarabjit Singh, lodged in Pakistani jail, gives gifts and greeting cards to Sarabjit's daughters Swapandeep Kaur (R), Poonam Kaur (2nd R) and wife Sukhpreet Kaur (2nd L) upon her return from Pakistan at Wagah border, near Amritsar. Dalbir returned from Pakistan after meeting her brother Sarabjit, lodged in Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.

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Jul 01, 2011
Agent Release Ansar Burney being received at the Wagah border in April 2008

- AFP (From Outlook, July 11, 2011)
Jun 28, 2011
Pakistani prisoners on their way to home after being released by Indian administration on completion of their jail terms, at Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar.

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Jun 06, 2011
Sister Dalbir Kaur of Sarabjit Singh, on death row in Pakistan, before leaving for Pakistan via Indo-Pak Attari-Wahga border about 35 km from Amritsar to meet him in Pakistan's Kot Lakhpat Jail.

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May 11, 2011
Pakistani prisoners on their way to home after being released by Indian administration on completion of their jail terms, at Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar.

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Apr 11, 2011
Pakistani prisoners on their way to home after being released by Indian administration, at Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar.

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Apr 07, 2011
Gopal Das, center, waves as he enters India at the India-Pakistan border post of Wagah. Pakistan's president canceled the remaining sentence of Das, imprisoned in Pakistan for the last 27 years, on humanitarian grounds in response to an unusual appeal by the Indian Supreme Court.

- AP Photo/ Sanjeev Syal
Apr 07, 2011
Gopal Das is hugged by his sister as he arrives via Attari-Wagah border, about 35 kms from Amritsar after serving 27 years of imprisonment in Pakistan. He was arrested in 1984 and was sentenced for twenty five years on spying charges.

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Apr 07, 2011
Gopal Das raises his hands as he arrives in India via Attari-Wagah border, from Amritsar after serving twenty seven years of imprisonment in Pakistan. He was arrested in 1984 and was sentenced for twenty five years on spying charges.

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Apr 07, 2011
Gopal Dass stands on an immigration desk at Pakistani border post Wagha along the Indian border following on his way to his country. Das was set free after 27 years following an appeal by the Indian Supreme Court. Das was jailed on spying charges for life imprisonment.

- AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary
Mar 29, 2011
Pakistani cricket fans, on their way to attend the Pakistan and India Cricket World Cup semifinals to be played in Mohali on March 30, photographed at a Wagah border post near Lahore, Pakistan.

- AP Photo/ K.M.Chaudary
Mar 29, 2011
Pakistani cricket fans holding national flags leave for India at a Wagah border post near Lahore, Pakistan. Ordinary life will stop for several hours as hundreds of millions of fans tune in to follow the India-Pakistan semifinal in Mohali.

- AP Photo/ K.M.Chaudary
Mar 29, 2011
Ejaz Butt, Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board leaves for India at a Wagah border post near Lahore, Pakistan.

- AP Photo/ K.M.Chaudary
Mar 28, 2011
Pakistani cricket fans arrive via Attari-Wagah Indo-Pak border about 35 KM from Amritsar to watch CWC semifinal match between India and Pakistan at Mohali on March 30.

- PTI Photo
Feb 04, 2011
Pakistani prisoners carry their belongings as they walk towards Pakistan after their release from Indian prisons, at the joint India-Pakistan check post at Wagah, about 40 kilometers from Amritsar. India released seven Pakistani prisoners.

- AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Jan 26, 2011
Wing Commander Mohd Usman (L) of Pakistani Rangers gives a sweet packet to BSF DIG Sanjeev Bhanot on the occasion of India's Republic Day celebrations at the Indo-Pak International border near Amritsar

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Jan 07, 2011
Hundreds of tomato-laden trucks get stranded outside Attari-Wagah border after Indian exporters refused to export any vegetable to Pakistan in protest against its onion export ban, near Amritsar.

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Dec 14, 2010
Indian nationals, who were arrested by Pakistani authorities on charges of violating maritime and land boundaries, kiss the soil as they arrive at Attari-Wagah border, about 35 kms from Amritsar, after their release from Pakistani prisons.

- PTI Photo
Dec 14, 2010
Indian nationals, who were arrested by Pakistani authorities on charges of violating maritime and land boundaries, wave as they arrive at Attari-Wagah border, about 35 kms from Amritsar, after their release from Pakistani prisons.

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Nov 09, 2010
A medically unfit Pakistani national who was released from an Indian prison is carried by policemen before being handed over to Pakistan Rangers soldiers at the Indo-Pak joint check post at Wagah, near Amritsar. Sixty-four Pakistani nationals, including 56 fishermen, crossed over to Pakistan at the Wagah land border after being released from jails in India.

- AP Photo/Prabhjot Gill
Aug 18, 2010
Released Pakistani prisoners walk to cross over to Pakistan through the Indo-Pak joint check post on Attari-Wagha border, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Amritsar. India released 28 Pakistani prisoners from various jails in India as a goodwill gesture.

- AP Photo/Sanjeev Syal
Jul 23, 2010
BSF women constables take part in the 'Beating the Retreat Ceremony' at Indo-Pak Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar on July 22, 2010.

- PTI Photo
Jul 23, 2010
BSF women constables take part in the 'Beating the Retreat Ceremony' at Indo-Pak Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar on July 22, 2010.

- PTI Photo
Jun 01, 2010
A child looks towards an Indian Border Security officer as he stands guard at the joint India-Pakistan check post at Wagah, about 40 kilometers from Amritsar.

- AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
May 28, 2010
Suspected Pakistani militants talk to each other as they wait for their turn to cross over to Pakistan after their release from an Indian prison, at the joint India-Pakistan check post at Wagah, about 40 kilometers from Amritsar. India revoked the detention orders of 25 suspected militants from Pakistan, lodged in different jails of India and facilitated their return to Pakistan.

- AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
May 28, 2010
Suspected Pakistani militants wait for their turn to cross over to Pakistan after their release from an Indian prison, at the joint India-Pakistan check post at Wagah, about 40 kilometers from Amritsar. India revoked the detention orders of 25 suspected militants from Pakistan, lodged in different jails of India and facilitated their return to Pakistan.

- AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Mar 28, 2010
Maj Gen Muhammad Yaqub Khan, DG Pakistan Rangers, presenting sweet boxes to BSF jawans on his arrival for a meeting, at Indian side of Indo-Pak Attari-Wagah International Border near Amritsar. During this meeting both the forces will discuss matters pertaining to defence constructions, firing incidents, border problems and crime like drug trafficking, infiltration and other border related issues.

- PTI Photo
Feb 26, 2010
Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir arrives at Attari-Wagah border, about 45kms from Amritsar enroute to Pakistan after Indo-Pak secretary level taks in Delhi.

- PTI Photo
Feb 22, 2010
Pakistani Hockey Team players on their arrival at Attari/Wahga international border about 45 kms from Amritsar to play World Cup Hockey Tournament in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo
Feb 20, 2010
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram being presented a memento by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during inauguration of an Integrated Check Post at Attari-Wahga international border about 45 km from Amritsar to facilitate trade and passengers traffic between India and Pakistan.

- PTI Photo
Jan 09, 2010
A BSF soldier stands guard near an unexploded rocket allegedly fired from Pakistan as his colleagues inspect the direction of the attack inside the compound of a BSF post near Wagah, near Amritsar. 4 rockets were allegedly fired from Pakistan, two of which exploded in an agricultural field and two unexploded rockets landed in the compound of a BSF post near Wagah. No casualty has been reported.

- AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Dec 26, 2009
Indian Border Security Force soldiers participate in the 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony at the joint India-Pakistan border check post at Wagah, near Amritsar.

- AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Dec 26, 2009
Pakistani Rangers, in black, and Border Security Force soldiers participate in the 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony at the joint India-Pakistan border check post at Wagah, about 40 kilometers from Amritsar, India

- AP
Dec 26, 2009
Indian fishermen bow down as they cross over to India after being released from imprisonment by Pakistani authorities at the joint India-Pakistan check post at Wagah, about 40 kilometers from Amritsar. Pakistani authorities released 100 Indian fishermen Saturday who had been held on allegations they illegally crossed into Pakistan's waters.

- AP
Dec 26, 2009
Pakistani Rangers (L) and Border Security Force (BSF) personnel perform the daily beating the retreat ceremony at the India-Pakistan Border at Wagah

- AP
Dec 26, 2009
In this photo taken Sunday, July 19, 2009, border guards of India, right, and Pakistan, face one another at a daily closing ceremony at the Wagha border post near Lahore, Pakistan.

- AP / Vincent Thian
Nov 28, 2009
Eid Mubarak. Pakistan Rangers Brigadier Kamran giving sweets to his BSF counterpart HS Dhillon on the occasion of “Eid ul Zuha' festival at Indo Pak Attari-Wahga border about 45 km from Amritsar on Saturday. PTI PhotoImage

- PTI
Nov 24, 2009
Two school girls run with the national flag before the 'beating the retreat' ceremony, on the Indian side of the joint India-Pakistan border check post of Wagah, in Amritsar.

- AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Sep 12, 2009
Soldier collects the remains of a rocket at the site of a blast at Dhoni khurd village in the Wagah sector, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Amritsar.Three rockets fired from Pakistan had landed near the border villages of Dhoni Khurd and Modey in Punjab state. The rockets fired fell in empty fields and did not cause any damage. Pakistan's border security forces rejected the contention.

- AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Aug 14, 2009
A Pakistani Border Guard unfurls Pakistan's national flag as school girls sing the national anthem on the occasion of Pakistan's 62nd Independence Day at Wagah border check post near Amritsar.

- AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Aug 05, 2009
Border Security Force soldiers stand with Rakhis displayed on their wrists, tied by school and college girls as a symbolic gesture during celebrations marking Raksha Bandhan, at Wagah border.

- AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Jul 05, 2009
Indian army officials walk near a blast site at Dhandae village, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Amritsar. According to news reports, two shells were believed to be fired at an village, allegedly from Pakistan's side, near the Attari-Wagah land border joint check post, causing blasts in a paddy field late Saturday night.

- AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
Mar 11, 2009
A BSF jawan is greeted by a Pakistani Ranger on Holi at Indo-Pak Attari - Wagah International Border.

- PTI Photo
Dec 26, 2008
Kashmir Singh:After 35 years as a Pakistani prisoner, he crossed the border at Wagah as a free man. (And then Ansar Burney, the Pakistani man hailed for securing his release, got deported from IG airport!)

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Dec 04, 2008
For Pakistani and Indian border guards however it was business as usual. Here they are shown shaking hands during the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony at the India and Pakistan joint border check post of Wagah near Lahore, Pakistan.

- AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary
Jul 02, 2007
Saturday 30 June
Pakistani prisoners released from Indian jails offer prayers before crossing over to the Pakistani side of the border, at the joint border check post of Wagah. Ahead of the Indo-Pak Home Secretary-level talks next week, India released 43 Pakistani prisoners out of which 33 were civilians, while the remaining 10 were fishermen who were languishing different jails in the states of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. A majority of them had been arrested on the charges of crossing into the Indian territory illegally. Pakistan has responded by releasing some 50 detainees, mostly fishermen from Gujarat, who were arrested on the similar charges.

- AP Photo/Aman Sharma
Feb 22, 2007
Indian authorities prepare to hand over the bodies of the victims of the Samjhauta Express train attack to Pakistan at the joint border check post, Wagah. The bodies of 12 victims of the Samjhauta Express blasts were today handed over to their families at the zero line at Wagah border. Bodies of six victims of the Samjhauta Express blasts, including five Pakistani nationals, will also be buried tomorrow in a village near here as local authorities sought permission for burying other unidentified bodies fearing further decomposition. Also, a Pakistani C-130 aircraft, specially arranged for the blast victims by Pakistan, took seven Pakistani nationals who were admitted with burn injuries at New Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital back home. Eighty-four hours after the ghastly incident, as many as 30 of the 68 victims of the Samjhauta Express tragedy still remain unidentified.

- AP Photo/Aman Sharma
Aug 09, 2006
School children tie rakhi's on the wrist of Border Security Force soldiers on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan at the India and Pakistan joint border check post, in Wagah. Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival where women tie rakhi, a sacred thread, around the wrist of their brothers to symbolize the special bond between brother and sister.

- AP Photo/Aman Sharma
Aug 07, 2006
Monday 7 August
Get out! The peace process? Ah, well, we are back to chucking out diplomats in tit for tat moves. Expelled Indian diplomat Deepak Kaul crosses into India, at Wagah, the joint India-Pakistan border post. The Indo-Pak peace process suffered yet another blow on Saturday as they expelled each other's diplomats after Islamabad's "outrageous" action of handcuffing, blindfolding and detaining of Deepak Kaul, who was arrested Saturday morning on Islamabad-Lahore Highway, some 90 km from the Pakistani capital, when he was on his way to Wagah border to meet his family. Reacting swiftly to Islamabad's action, India expelled Syed Muhammad Rafique Ahmed, Counseller (Political) in the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi, for being "involved in activities incompatible with his diplomatic status".

- AP Photo
May 17, 2006
Pakistani teenagers Mithan Masih, Shaukat Ali, Imran Masih and Muhammad Khurram, who were released by Indian authorities, wave to the media as they enter into Pakistan at Wagah. Six Pakistanis, including the four teenage boys, returned home after being released from Indian jails where they were held between seven months to 15 years for illegal border crossing.

- AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry
Jan 24, 2006
Friday 20 January
A Pakistani border guard stands at a vantage point as the first Lahore-Amritsar bound passenger bus travels to India from Wagah terminal in Pakistan. In their efforts to enhance people-to-people contact, India and Pakistan launched their third bus service - this time between Amritsar and Lahore - when a bus with 26 passengers arrived here to rousing cheers. The 'Dosti' (friendship) bus will arrive from Lahore every Friday and return from Amritsar on Saturday, being renamed "Punj Aab" after the land of the five rivers. The two governments had earlier launched the bus services 'Sada-e-Sarhad' from New Delhi to Lahore and 'Kaarvan-e-Aman' from Srinagar to Muzaffarabad.

- AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary
Dec 24, 2005
It started out as a human interest story about an Indian national, Sarabjeet Singh, to be hanged on charges of carrying out a series of bomb attacks in Pakistan 15 years ago. But then relatives and politicians cranked up the pressure on New Delhi to intercede and save him from the gallows. His family wrote to the president, prime minister as well as the Pakistani president saying Sarabjit was innocent. To make matters more poignant, family members threatened suicide if Sarabjit were to be executed. TV coverage followed, passions were whipped up, school children wrote to 'Uncle Musharraf' to pardon Sarabjeet. There may not have been much public protest about others, but it did force at least a stirring of acknowledgement about hundreds of others languishing in jails across the borders, on either side.

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Dec 13, 2005
Sunday 11 December
Pakistani folk musicians perform as the Lahore-bound bus from Amritsar enters Pakistan through the Wagah border near Lahore. Euphoric Pakistanis greeted the Amritsar-Lahore 'Punj Aab Express' trial bus as it crossed the Radcliff Line. It is the third such service launched between the two neighbours as part of their peace process. The other two are the Lahore-Delhi and Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus services that commenced in July 2003 and April 2005, respectively. Earlier, October 16 was fixed for the trial run but it did not materialize owing to the October 8 earthquake. The 45 passenger-capacity bus is scheduled to start operating on 27 December and will be available twice a week.

- AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary
Dec 07, 2005
Tuesday 29 November
Sikhs offer prayers outside a gold-plated wooden palanquin carrying the Guru Granth Sahib as it crosses the India-Pakistan joint check post at Wagah. About 1,500 Sikh pilgrims carried the palanquin across the border to celebrate the 536th birthday of the religion's founder, Guru Nanak. The pilgrims had planned to mark Guru Nanak's birthday on November 15 at a shrine in the eastern Pakistani town of Nankana Sahib, but an earthquake that devastated the region last month forced them to postpone the journey.

- AP Photo/Ranjit Singh
Nov 01, 2005
Monday 31 October
Writer and poet Amrita Pritam, widely known across the Punjab on two sides of the Wagah border, as the poet who captured the poignancy of Partition, a doyen of Punjabi literature died in her sleep at the age of eighty-six. The first woman recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, she was also the first woman to be awarded the Padma Shri and was given the Jnanpith Award for lifetime contribution to Punjabi literature in 1982. Among her famous books are the novels Pinjar, which was recreated on celluloid recently by director Chandra Prakash Diwedi, Ek Thi Saara, Kachchi Sarak, Unchaas Din and Adalat and a collection of 29 stories of love and romance Alif Laila--Hazaar Dastan.

- Gauri Gill
Sep 12, 2005
Monday 12 September

This is the largest prisoner exchange between India and Pakistan since 1972. Altogether 435 Indians, including 371 fishermen, who had strayed into Pakistan, were released by Pakistan while India set free 152 Pakistani nationals at this border crossing at Wagah. The decision to free the prisoners, who had served their sentences and whose documentation was complete, was taken at the Home Secretary-level talks between the two countries held in New Delhi on August 29 and 30.

- AP Photo

Sep 06, 2005
Porters of Pakistan and India load goats onto a truck at Wagah, the joint border post near Lahore to transport them to the Indian side. The two countries have lifted some trade barriers after a gap of nearly five decades.

- AP Photo/KM Chaudhry
Sep 05, 2005
Tuesday 30 August

In the background of the national limelight accorded to the case of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian citizen facing death sentence in Pakistan, after two days of intensive parleys between Indian Home Secretary V.K. Duggal and his Pakistani counterpart Syed Kamal Shah, both sides agreed to give necessary instructions to begin the exercise to set free fishermen and civilian prisoners whose national status was confirmed. By September 12 all fishermen and civilian prisoners who have completed their sentence would be released, the two countries agreed, even as they committed themselves to combating terrorism by taking effective steps for its "complete elimination".

- AP File

Aug 29, 2005
Friday 26 August

Family members of Sarabjit Singh display an appeal for his release, at the India and Pakistan joint border check post of Wagah. After a week long "Save Sarabjit" campaign launched by his family, picked up by TV channels that exhorted viewers to send SMSs, and followed by an official Indian government request, Pakistan finally granted permission to Indian diplomats to visit Sarabjit , who is sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in the 1990 bomb blasts in Lahore and Multan. The breakthrough came after hectic lobbying by India and now Indian officials will be able to meet Sarabjit at the Kot Lakhpat jail in Punjab province on 30th August. The PoK-based Hizbul Mujahideen has now asked the Pakistan government to seek clemency for Mohammed Afzal, sentenced to death in India in the Parliament attack case, before granting pardon to Sarabjit Singh awarded the death penalty. Wonder when the TV channels will similarly exhort young kids to exhort "Uncle Musharraf" to release the 54 POWs that Pakistan claims it doesn't have, or the "Most Wanted" such as Dawood?

- AP Photo/Aman Sharma

Aug 02, 2005
Tuesday 26 July

An Indian porter waits to hand over a sack of garlic to a Pakistani porter at the Wagah border check post. After almost five decades, direct trade by road between India and Pakistan was resumed from the Wagah border following a limited trade agreement concluded earlier this year. Pakistan has allowed India to export onion, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes and livestock, to meet shortages. India can, in turn, import cotton, sugar, lentils and dry fruit. So far, exports to Pakistan were routed through either the Mumbai port or on the weekly Samjhauta Express.

- AP Photo/Aman Sharma

Jun 06, 2005
Saturday 4 June

Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar salutes upon his arrival at Indo-Pakistan joint border at Wagah, near Lahore. Initiating the first ever contact between the two countries in the energy sector, the petroleum ministries of India and Pakistan have agreed to set up a joint working group (JWG) to thrash out issues and modalities for getting the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project off the ground by January 2006. If the terms and the roadmap decided by the JWG are acceptable to both the countries, gas from 4.16-billion dollar worth and 2,600-km long pipeline, 760-km of which would pass through Pakistan, would start flowing from early 2010. Iran, which at present is not part of the JWG, will join the discussions at a later stage to convert the project into a trilateral agreement.

- AP Photo/K. M. Chaudhry

Apr 20, 2005
A Pakistani participant of the Indo-Pak peace march arrives from India at the Wagah border post near Lahore.

- AP Photo/K. M. Chaudary
Apr 18, 2005
Sunday 17 April

Ten year-old Amir, a Pakistani fisher boy, waves as he leaves Ahemdabad railway station. 156 Pakistani fishermen languishing in jails in Jamnagar and Kutch districts of Gujarat left for their homes by a train after they were released by Indian authorities. They were later handed over to Pakistani authorities at the Wagah border post.

- AP Photo/Divyakant Solanki

Apr 14, 2005
A released Pakistani prisoner kisses the ground after his arrival at the border post Wagah near Lahore. India handed over 24 Pakistanis detained for border violations, including some who had been held more than a decade. The External Affairs Ministry has announced that India will further release156 Pakistani fishermen on April 19 as a humanitarian gesture. Meanwhile, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said that New Delhi will offer more confidence building measures to Islamabad during the weekend visit of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to Delhi for the one-day cricket match. President Musharraf has also said he is optimistic about his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the peace process between the two countries was now fairly "irreversible".

- AP Photo/K. M. Chaudhry
Mar 28, 2005
Tuesday 22 March

564 Indian prisoners are handed over to Indian officials at the Wagah border post after their release from Pakistani jails. Most of the prisoners released were fishermen who were caught fishing illegally in the territorial waters of Pakistan or those who entered the country with valid documents. The release followed an appeal made by Left front leaders Harkishen Singh Surjeet and A B Bardhan, and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to Pakistan's President Gen Pervez Musharraf during their recent visits to the country. It is one of the largest prisoner transfers to be arranged between the two countries, but the Pakistani authorities have refused to release the boats and trawlers of the fishermen.

- AP Photo/Khalid Chaudary

Mar 07, 2005
Sunday 6 March

Pakistani cricket fans carry a 150-meter long Pakistani flag as they cross into India at Wagah border post. Propagating cricket to be a 'great unifier', the first batch of 750 Pakistani fans crossed the border raising slogans like 'Hind-Pak Dosti Zindabad' and 'Long Live Indo-Pak cricket'. Earlier, the Samjhauta Express, which was expected to carry them from Lahore to Attari, was cancelled due to "technical reasons". Indian officials have said they would issue more than 8,000 visas to Pakistani fans so they could attend the first Test, which starts on March 8 in Mohali. However, officials of the Punjab Cricket Association have said that out of total 7,500 tickets sent to Pakistan, only 3,000 were sold and more than 4,000 have been returned.

- AP Photo/Aman Sharma

Dec 02, 2004
Pakistani Rangers personnel take photographs as an Indian Border Security Force personnel looks on at the Indian side of the Indo-Pakistan border post, 27 kilometers south of Jammu. The BSF today claimed that Pakistani troops have illegaly encroched upon a 40 metre land in Ballard area in the Samba sub-sector, but the issue would be solved in the BSF-Pakistani Rangers commandent level meeting scheduled for tomorrow.

- AP Photo/Channi Anand
Nov 29, 2004
Friday November 26

Sikh pilgrims bring a palkee, or a bunch of flowers to pay homage to Guru Nanak in Nankana Sahib, 85 kilometers west of Lahore, Pakistan. Nearly 3,000 Sikh pilgrims from India crossed into Pakistani territory through rail route to celebrate the 535th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak at his birth place. Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province Pervaiz Elahi , who led the Indian jatha, declared the huge estate housing the Gurudwara Nankana Sahib as a 'model city' and announced his government's plan to build a Wagah-Nankana sahib expressway, a Rs 20 million hospital besides a function hall, restaurant and a motel. Elahi said that Pakistan is ready to start a bus service between Lahore and Amritsar, if India permits.

- AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary

Sep 20, 2004
Saturday 18 September

Ludkan Baba rolls on the Grand Trunk Highway near the India-Pakistan border post at Wagah. Baba, a sadhu from Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh, is rolling from his village to Lahore, a distance of 2,400 kilometers, in support of the ongoing peace initiatives between the two countries. On Saturday, India announced further liberalisation of visas for Pakistani nationals covering doctors, academicians and accredited journalists, setting a positive tone for the forthcoming meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in New York. The unilateral liberalisation includes multiple- entry visa, clearance for visiting 12 instead of current three places, and exemption from reporting to the police. 

- AP Photo/Aman Sharma

Aug 09, 2004
Monday 9 August

Indian Army's Sapper Mohammed Arif is greeted by the Army and BSF officers after crossing into India from Pakistan at the Wagah border after being released by a Pakistani prison. Arif and another soldier Lance Naik Jagsir Singh were declared "deserters" by the Indian Army after they went missing during a demining operation on the LoC after the Kargil conflict in 1999 and were released after five years when the two countries exchanged their Prisoners of War (POWs). India, in return, released four Pakistani nationals - three civilians and a soldier, Salim Shah, who was lodged in Amritsar jail since 1999.

- AP Photo/Aman Sharma

Feb 23, 2004
17 February

A BSF officer hands over Pakistani boys, who had illegally entered India, to Pakistan's border guard at the Wagah border post. India released eight Pakistani boys coinciding with the three day Secretary level talks in Islamabad -the first such talks in three years. Both countries agreed on a diplomatic 'road map' for the peace process, which includes talks on a Srinagar- Muzaffarbad and Sind -Rajasthan bus service in March, Foreign Secretaries meeting on Kashmir in May/June, talks on terrorism in July and a Foreign Ministers' summit in August.

- AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary

Feb 19, 2004
Pakistani cricket player Saeed Anwar escorted by a BSF officer crosses over to India at the Wagah border. A 12 member team from Pakistan will play a match against the Punjab's XI team in Patiala.

- AP Photo/ Aman Sharma
Jan 09, 2004
Soldiers of Pakistan Rangers monitor a railway track between Pakistan and India at the Wagah railway station near Lahore. The Samjhauta Express between Lahore and Attari will resume from January 15.

- AP Photo / K.M.Chaudary
Dec 22, 2003
Vijay Kumar Jhanji, Judge of Jammu & Kashmir High Court arrives with advocate Harbhagwan Singh, at Wagah border post near Lahore. A delegation of Indian lawyers arrived in Pakistan to improve relations between the two countries.

- AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary
Dec 20, 2003
Pakistan Railway's Additional General Manager Muhammad Iqbal Khatri welcomed by Indian railway officers at the Wagah border. Khatri and three other Pakistani officials met their counterpart is Delhi and thew two countries agreed to resume Samjhauta Express from Attari to Lahore twice a week as also freight services from January 15, after a gap of two years.

- AP Photo / Aman Sharma
Dec 20, 2003
Shehnaz Kauser Parveen crosses into Pakistan along with her India born six year old daughter Mobin at Wagah border. Parveen, a Pakistani citizen was raped by a jail employee in the border town of Poonch, gave birth to a daughter in 1996. On Friday, a Jammu court ruled that Mobin was a legal resident of Jammu and ordered the government to give Mobin and her mother a house and 300,000 rupees.

- AP Photo/STR
Dec 13, 2003
Actress Urmila Matondkar waves to her Pakistani friends as she leaves for India at Wagha Border, Pakistan. Urmila was in Lahore to make a music video about the improving relations between her country India and Pakistan. The actress urged visa restrictions be eased so more artists could travel between the rival neighbours.

- AP Photo / K.M. Chaudary
Dec 10, 2003
Actress Urmila Matondkar receives flowers from Pakistani actress Rashim as she crossed the Wagah border to Pakistan. Urmila arrived in Lahore to make a music video about the improving relations between India and Pakistan. The actress urged visa restrictions be eased so more artists could travel between the rival neighbours.

- AP Photo / K.M. Chaudary
Nov 29, 2003
Pakistan Rangers' Col. Sher Zaman Khan presents sweets to Border Security Force Battlion commander D.K. Sharma at Wagah border to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Guns fell silent across the Line of Control and Siachen at the stroke of midnight as Indian and Pakistan forces began observing a ceasefire agreed by their respective governments.

- AP Photo / K.M Chaudary
Nov 15, 2003
Pakistani prisoners sit in a bus before crossing into Pakistan at the border post of Wagah. As a goodwill gesture on the Childrens Day, India released seven Pakistani teenagers from juvenile jails in Punjab and Gujarat.

- AP Photo / Sandeep Sharma
Nov 14, 2003
Pakistani national Dinesh Kumar, 16, waves before crossing into Pakistan at the border post of Wagah. Dinesh is one of the seven Pakistani prisoners released today by the Indian government.

- AP Photo / Sandeep Sharma
Nov 07, 2003
Members of India's Under-19 cricket team cross over to the Indian side from Wagah border. The team won the four nations Asia Cricket Cup under 19 tournamnet in Lahore.

- AP Photo / Gurdev Singh
Nov 05, 2003
Sikh piligrims wave after crossing into Pakistan at Wagah border. They arrived in Lahore to participate in birth aniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev.

- AP Photo / K.M.Chaudary
Oct 22, 2003
The Indian Spin Trick: open the gate but double security. Cynics would call it the great Indian googly, but the CCS decision to announce fresh peace proposals - including resumption of cricketing ties, new bus and ferry services, but no talks till cross-border terrorism exists - and that the deputy PM would talk to the separatist Hurriyat - of course the moderate faction led by Ansari - has certainly placed the ball in Pakistan court now. Predictably, they characterised it as putting the cart before the horse.

- AP Photo / File
Jul 15, 2003
India's new ambassador to Pakistan, Shiv Shaker Menon, is received by a Pakistan Border Security Force officer, Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at the Wagah border, Pakistan.

- K.M. Chaudary / AP
Jul 11, 2003
BSF officer Ish Aul, guides bus driver Aamir Khan, to the customs office after the Lahore-Delhi bus entered India at the Joint Border Post at Wagah, Friday, July 11, 2003. The bus service resumed Friday after it was disrupted 18 months ago.

- Aman Sharma / AP
Jun 14, 2003
SATURDAY, JUNE 14
Sikh pilgrims arrive in Pakistan through the Wagah border post on special permission to attend a religious festival. Meanwhile, Pakistan Premier Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali has ruled out chances of an immediate summit meeting between him and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

- K.M.Chaudary / AP
May 31, 2003
MONDAY, MAY 26
Passengers wave after entering India at Wagah, in the Delhi - Lahore bus, in this Dec. 29, 2001 file photo. India decided to resume the bus service which was stopped 17 months ago after the attack on the Parliament.

- Aman Sharma / AP
May 28, 2003
Pakistani Rangers open the international gate between India and Pakistan as the New Delhi - Lahore bus enters India at Wagah, in this Dec. 29, 2001 file photo. India decided to resume the bus service that was stopped after the attack on the Parliament.

- Aman Sharma / AP
May 08, 2003
Pakistan lawmakers Sherry Rehman, left, Ishaq Khan Khakwani, center waving, and others wear garlands as they enter into India, at the Wagah check post, Thursday, May 8, 2003 on what they described as an unofficial peace mission.

- Aman Sharma / AP
Apr 30, 2003
A BSF office marches back after shaking hands with a Pakistan Rangers officer during the 'Beating the Retreat'ceremony at the Wagah border check post, Tuesday, April 29, 2003. Pakistan's information minister said Tuesday that the telephone call from Pakistan PM Zafarullah Khan Jamali to Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a critical icebreaker in the decades-long standoff between the nuclear rivals.

- Aman Sharma / AP
Mar 24, 2003
Magic bus
But that magic was to evaporate soon after. The February 20, 1999, drive from Wagah to Lahore ended in Kargil weeks later.

- Prashant Panjiar
Feb 10, 2003
Sudhir Vyas, the acting Indian Ambassador to Pakistan, talks to press at Wagah border before his departure to New Delhi. India and Pakistan expelled their diplomats in the latest tit-for-tat expulsions that have further deteriorated relations between the nuclear-armed rivals.

- K.M.Chaudary/ AP
Jan 29, 2003
Family members of expelled Indian diplomat Vipin Handa move to the immigration counter, after crossing into India from Pakistan, at Wagah border. India expelled four Pakistani embassy officials and Pakistan retaliated by expelling four Indian officials.

- Aman Sharma/ AP
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- AFP (From Outlook 04 March 2013)
 
 
 

 
 
 
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