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The Attari-Wagah border – Photo Courtesy Sana Kazmi
The Attari-Wagah border – Photo courtesy Sana Kazmi

AMRITSAR: Women soldiers of Pakistan and India will soon perform the ceremonial beating retreat held every evening at the Attari-Wagah border of the two countries.

According to a report in the Times of India, border security forces of the Pakistan and India - Pakistan Rangers and India's Border Security Force (BSF) - agreed to have women platoon commanders for the daily flag-lowering ceremony held simultaneously by the two forces at the Attari-Wagah border.

Though both sides have decide to have female platoon commanders, they are likely to begin conducting the parade after they develop perfect coordination.

Three years ago, for the first time, India’s BSF posted women at the India-Pakistan border. The women personnel of the BSF guard the force's border outposts and are also posted along the barbed wire fencing at the international border.

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Irfan Khan
Jun 26, 2012 03:22pm
Actually the opposite happened when India was rulled by their only female PM. IG was not sympathetic, not emotional and not humane enough. She killed her own Sikh nations, implemented emergency in India upon their SC orders of her seat disqualification and that why met an unfortunate end. She was never for friendship in sub-continent and laid the seeds of hatred for ever. Contrarirly, BB from Pakistan was humane and friendly to India. Same with all PMs in Pak as no one had any nefarious designs against neighbors.
Jun 26, 2012 01:53pm
Arm them with BELNAS instead of guns !
M. Bilal Noor
Jun 26, 2012 01:43pm
Why ? I think the event has fallen from grace already - a good soldier on guard duty is expected to have no emotions. The Scot / IrishGuards with their bear-skin hats at Buckingham Palace are one such example. Chest beating is for monkeys! and yes gossip we'll have indeed, it being wicked a major no no.
Jun 26, 2012 01:41pm
Chicks dig. Perhaps they can trade some awesome paki recipes. Indiguy
Agha Ata
Jun 26, 2012 12:37pm
If men are replaced by women on every front of confrontation, soon there will be peace in the world. They have the rare (among men) quality of compassion and flexibility and of self control (Though not fully utilized yet in the world totally controlled by men)
sara khan
Jun 26, 2012 12:38pm
Jun 26, 2012 12:48pm
we should expect some really nice Gossip now
Jun 27, 2012 11:19pm
That's a good approach towards many positive things but on the other hand remember there's always 2 sides of a coin. Anyway i appreciate whatever they are trying to do and being a Pakistani I would recommend peace & love between both countries instead of hate & war...
Jun 27, 2012 06:14pm
I guess the onlooking crowds will be even bigger on both sides of the border!
Jun 26, 2012 04:30pm
one more good reason for people to go and see the border prade :P
Jun 26, 2012 03:46pm
a positive step to ward normalcy between both states and empowerment of women in the region! sana
Jun 27, 2012 11:57am
Despite everything, they will have something to GOSSIP around.
Jun 26, 2012 01:38pm
we should expect some interesting gossip !!!!
Jun 26, 2012 02:18pm
prafulla shrivastva
Jun 26, 2012 02:16pm
I trust it will cause more interesting event of daily evening & more number of people will gather to watch the same. Women are comparatively more sensible & they will add friendship between both the nation. It is the requirement of time & we should encourage it. I feel more number of good literate women should be allowed to participate in various activities from both the countries to bring our relation normal as we have done enough harm to each other.
Jun 27, 2012 08:23am
These are civilian border police therefore to call them soldiers is incorrect.
Jun 26, 2012 04:27pm
Veena Malik should be assigned to that force to represent both Pakistan and India. That would be spectacular !!!
Jun 26, 2012 01:27pm
why.. women shud be forefront in all fields of life :)
Jun 26, 2012 08:53pm
it's a MANs job to guard that border.....the good old status quo should have been kept in place. Long live Pakistan Rangers, Army, Air Force, Navy, FC & ISI
Jun 27, 2012 12:52am
I would say its an excellent step. Women should be encouraged in all parts of life, including the armed forces as they (on both sides of the border) are equally patriotic and capable as their men counterpart. Pakistan zindabad.
Mohammad Ali Khan
Jun 27, 2012 12:09pm
I believe a program should start in which schools exchange gifts for children.
Jun 27, 2012 05:08pm
A nice show-biz, indeed!!!!
Jun 27, 2012 05:06pm
Should make a good reality TV show
Jun 27, 2012 04:24am
Enough of these uniform wearing wallas.Let the women wear their national or regional clothing in vibrant colors.It will add some sense of peace and goodwill.Enough of these gun bearing gung ho days.We are talking peace now.Start with this.Instead of shouts of Pakistan zindabad and India zindabad,there will be cheers and applause.
Jun 27, 2012 06:30am
Woman Rangers should be deployed at Af-Pak border also to avoid Salala like incidence.
Jun 28, 2012 11:25am
Wagha border will smell with a good food and there will be exchange of food recipe.
Jun 27, 2012 07:44am
I do not undersatand why such a hype is createc on this border ,,,why this is one of the border where gate should be closed and opened only when there is movement thats it ...
G. Thind
Jun 28, 2012 01:24am
I hope the Mullahs don't pass FATWAS to urge women soldiers to wear BURKAS.