Guards at India-Pakistan Border Perform Independence Day Ceremony.

Pakistan and India border guards take part in a daily ceremony at the Wagah border post as Pakistan celebrates the 75th anniversary of its independence, August 14, 2022.

Crowds go wild and soldiers goose-step in a chest-puffing theatrical ritual symbolizing the countries' antipathy after independence, but the display ends with a brisk, brotherly handshake.

Several hours before the ceremony, enthusiastic spectators begin trickling into sitting areas on either side of chunky iron gates separating the nuclear-armed Asian rivals at the Attari-Wagah frontier.

India and Pakistan, which celebrate 75 years of independence from Britain next week, share deep cultural and linguistic links but their history has been mired in violence and bloodshed.
They were partitioned in 1947 into predominantly Hindu India and Muslim-majority Pakistan against the backdrop of communal massacres and the movement of millions of people. (AFP)

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