Sitaram Yechury (L) and Kuldip Nayar with Pakistani legislators at Wagah celebration on Aug 14 (PTI photo)

Six Pakistani lawmakers joined, August 14, Sitaram Yechury  (Communist Party of India-Marxist), and former Indian Member of Parliament Kuldip Nayar, and thousands of singing and dancing Indians at the India-Pakistan Border Crossing of Wagah, to celebrate jointly their Independence Days.

“This event is a matter of pride,” S. L. Khosla, a lawmaker in Pakistan’s National Assembly, said. “India and Pakistan need to soften their borders and ease travel restrictions. This will bring permanent peace and solve all serious problems.”

Indian paramilitary soldiers offered sweets and fruit to their Pakistani counterparts on August 14 – Pakistan’s Independence Day. Pakistani soldiers returned the gesture the next day when India celebrated its independence.

Hours earlier, loud music blared through the night, as singers performed and children from both countries danced together on stage, cheered on by noisy spectators. Peace activists held a candle light vigil.

In the distance, armed Indian guards watched from their sandbagged posts, while Pakistani soldiers listened from across the border. (From an Associated Press report)

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