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

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