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Candle light vigil at Indo-Pak border to mark I-Day

Last Updated: Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 13:00

Attari (Amritsar): A candle light vigil was
held at the Indo-Pak border at Attari to mark the country`s 62nd
Independence Day, a move that generated an equivocal response
from people across the boundary.

Members from Indian chapter of South Asian Free Media
Association (SAFMA) and NGO Hind-Pak Dosti Manch, including
guests from Pakistan, gathered at the Attari check post on the
international border on the intervening night of 14-15 for the
candle light vigil.

This is for the second consecutive time after the
Independence that people from Pakistan reciprocated the move
on their side of the border.

A cultural programme was held near the Wagah border by
Hind-Pak Dosti Manch and Folklore Research Academy for the
Indians and the Pakistani guests and Punjabi Sufi singers Hans
Raj Hans and Lakhwinder Wadali performed on the occasion.

The Hind-Pak Dosti Manch was founded by journalist and
columnist Kuldip Nayyar and Satnam Manak in 1996.

Speaking on the occasion, Nayyar said people-to-people
contact exercise between the two nations could be enhanced
with hassle free visa system.

Nayyar said the vigil is a symbolic gesture of unity, "as
it gives a wakeup call to both governments to end enmity and
get on to the business like two good neighbours".

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 13:00

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