Beating the Retreat Ceremony in pictures

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 03, 2014 20:14 IST

Hours after cancelling the beating retreat ceremony at Wagah following a deadly suicide attack, Pakistan on Monday allowed general public to view the popular flag-lowering ceremony at the Indo-Pak border.

Here are the pictures of today's beating the retreat ceremony.

The Pakistani Rangers went ahead with a high voltage 'Beating the Retreat ceremony' on their side by roping in around 3000 tourists, leaving BSF officials red faced as they watched other side with empty Indian gallery. Sameer Sehgal/HT

The Pakistani Rangers had requested the BSF on Sunday late night that they were not in a position to hold the retreat ceremony for three days. Sameer Sehgal/HT

At about 4.00 pm, Pakistani Rangers after another brief meeting with BSF at the zero line told that they wanted to hold the ceremony. Sameer Sehgal/HT

BSF agreed to that and a decision was taken to hold a ‘low profile’ ceremony after which both BSF and Rangers will lower down their respected flags. Sameer Sehgal/HT

Loudspeakers, Pakistani flags, slogans by thousands of Pakistani tourists indicated as if nothing had happened on that side. Whereas in contrast the Indians gallery was deserted and not even a single person sitting there. Sameer Sehgal/HT

Postures remained very aggressive from both the forces, as heavy foot stomping was seen. Sameer Sehgal/HT

It was around 15 minute’s parade that saw lot of response from Pakistani side. Sameer Sehgal/HT

Visibly unhappy over what Pakistan had done, BSF IG Punjab Frontier, Ashok Kumar said, "We have not liked whatever has happened. It was Pakistani Rangers who requested us not to hold ceremony last night. But today at 4:00 pm they requested that they want to hold ceremony. So we also held it." Sameer Sehgal/HT

"We will be holding the full fledged ceremony from Tuesday and tourists will be allowed,"BSF IG Punjab Frontier, Ashok Kumar said. Sameer Sehgal/HT

The pomp show with which Pakistani conducted ceremony left everyone stunned. Sameer Sehgal/HT

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