Pakistan hoists flag taller than Indian tricolour at Wagah border

Pakistan has hoisted flag taller than Indian tricolour at Attari-Wagah border to mark its 70th independence day

Pakistan may be lagging behind India in most of the sectors such as economic growth, education, defence, technology but there is one field where they are a little ahead of us. On its 70th Independence Day, Pakistan hoisted a flag which it claimed to be tallest in South Asia. The 120 by 180 feet flag, installed on a 400 feet pole, was hoisted by Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa at the Wagah-Attari border.

“We will foil the nefarious designs of anyone, who will try to cast an evil eye on Pakistan,” Pakistan’s army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa said in an address at the Wagah border on Monday midnight. He said that Pakistan’s flag was a symbol of its dignity. He lauded and congratulated Pakistan Rangers for arranging a superb flag hoisting ceremony at the Wagah Border.

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This is said to be the eighth-tallest flag in the world and higher than the tricolour India hoisted in Attari in March. Interestingly, Pak took this step seemingly as a reaction to India hoisting a flag at the height of 360 feet in March at a cost of Rs 3.5 crore. The goal was that the Indian flag should be seen from Lahore. The attempt, however, failed as strong winds tore down the flag a couple of days later. India has since replaced four. The flag appeared in sight again on Sunday, a day before Pakistan hoisted its flag at the Wagah border.

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The chief of the Flag Foundation of India, KV Singh, told the BBC in late March that he had advised against such a tall flag. “We had suggested hoisting a smaller flag to avoid frequent damage but the aim is to ensure that the Indian flag is visible from Lahore in Pakistan,” said Singh.

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