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Women soldiers to perform drill at Attari-Wagah border

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

Border security forces of the neighbours –India’s Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers – agreed to have women platoon commanders for the daily flag-lowering ceremony held simultaneously by the two forces at the Attari-Wagah border. BSF Inspector-General (Frontier) Aditya Mishra told Times of India that Pakistan has also agreed to women platoon commanders for the beating retreat ceremony.

The platoon commander seeks the permission of the company commander to conduct the parade and then shakes hands with their Pakistani counterpart at the zero line.Initially, Indian women platoon commanders would conduct the drill and Pakistan Rangers will follow.

Though both the sides have decided to have female platoon commanders, they were likely to begin conducting the parade after they develop perfect coordination.Three years ago, for the first time, the BSF posted women at the India-Pakistan border. They guard the border outposts and were also posted along the barbed wire fencing at the international border.

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