Independence celebrations at the Wagah border – in pictures

In continuation of a traditional custom, Indian troops presented sweets to Pakistani troops at the Wagah border to celebrate their Independence Day.

Every year, border troops from the neighboring countries exchange sweets at the Wagah border on their respective Independence Days as well as other special occasions. The sweets were exchanged this year as well, despite tensions at the Line of Control and on diplomatic fronts.

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Commandant Sudeep presented sweets and shook hands with Pakistan Rangers Wing Commander Bilal during a ceremony to celebrate India’s Independence Day at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post on Tuesday.

Pakistani Rangers and Indian Border Security Force personnel perform during the daily beating of the retreat ceremony at the India-Pakistan Wagah Border Post.—AFP
Pakistani Rangers and Indian Border Security Force personnel perform during the daily beating of the retreat ceremony at the India-Pakistan Wagah Border Post.—AFP
Indian BSF Commandant Sudeep presents sweets to Pakistani Wing Commander Bilal. —AFP
Indian BSF Commandant Sudeep presents sweets to Pakistani Wing Commander Bilal. —AFP
The ceremony was held at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post.— AFP
The ceremony was held at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post.— AFP
Indian BSF Commandant Sudeep presents sweets as he shakes hand with the Pakistani Wing Commander Bilal during a ceremony at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post.—AFP
Indian BSF Commandant Sudeep presents sweets as he shakes hand with the Pakistani Wing Commander Bilal during a ceremony at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post.—AFP
An Indian BSF soldier escorts the Pakistani Delhi-Lahore bus as India's marks its Independence Day at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post.—AFP
An Indian BSF soldier escorts the Pakistani Delhi-Lahore bus as India’s marks its Independence Day at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post.—AFP
Indian BSF soldiers feed each other sweets during a ceremony to celebrate India's Independence Day at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post.—AFP
Indian BSF soldiers feed each other sweets during a ceremony to celebrate India’s Independence Day at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post.—AFP
This month marks 70 years since British India split into two nations — Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. —AFP
This month marks 70 years since British India split into two nations — Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. —AFP

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