Bab-e-Aazadi meaning “Door to Independence” is a gate on the Pakistani side of the Pakistan - India border at Wahgah. Decorated with the portrait of the founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah commonly known as Quaid-e Azam (meaning the Greatest Leader) flanked with the national slogan and national flag, is a landmark of Wahgah.
The Wahgah border closing 'lowering of the flags' ceremony is a daily military practice that the security forces of Pakistan (Pakistan Rangers) and India (Border Security Force) have jointly followed since 1959. This ceremony takes place every evening before sunset at the Wahgah border, which as part of the Grand Trunk Road was the only road link between these two countries till 1999. The ceremony starts with a blustering parade by the soldiers from both the sides, and ends up in the perfectly coordinated lowering of the two nations' flags.It is called the beating retreat border ceremony on the international level. One infantryman (Jawan) stands at attention on each side of the gate. As the sun sets, the iron gates at the border are opened and the two flags are lowered simultaneously. The flags are folded and the ceremony ends with a retreat that involves a brusque handshake between soldiers from either side, followed by the closing of the gates again.
The spectacle of the ceremony attracts many visitors from both sides of the border, as well as international tourists.
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