Making for a historic moment, a Sikh ranger from Pakistan Amarjeet Singh participated in the Retreat Ceremony at Wagah Border.

People from both the sides of the border welcomed the Sikh ranger with a huge round of applause when he came for the ceremony. The surrounding filled with the sound of claps when he shook hands with the Indian ranger.

He is the residence of Nankana Sahib, the holy city of Sikhs situated in Pakistan. He is said to be the first person ever from Sikh community to join the Pakistani army.

The Beating Retreat ceremony is a daily military practice that the security forces of India (Border Security Force) and Pakistan (Pakistan Rangers) have jointly followed since 1959.

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 Jawan (infantryman) 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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