India installs its tallest flag in Attari, Pakistan cries 'espionage'

Georgia ReedMar 07, 2017

Pakistan has raised concerns over India's tallest ever flag being as an instrument for "espionage", according toThe Independent.

In fact, Pakistan rangers have reportedly expressed their disappointment to the Border Security Force (BSF) as well and asked them to install the flag away from the Attari border.

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Before this, the title of the tallest national flag in India belonged to a 293-foot-high tricolor that was hoisted in Jharkhand's Ranchi. The Indian flag post can be easily seen from Lahore, Pakistan, it weighs 55 tons and is 120 feet in length, 80 feet in breadth. Amritsar city already has a 170-foot tall flag in the local Ranjit Avenue Public Park. India's tallest flag post was inaugurated by Punjab minister Anil Joshi. A private company will look after the flag maintenance; it has got this maintenance contract for 3 years.

"It is our national flag and nobody can stop us from hoisting it on our soil", Joshi was quoted by the report as saying.

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The flag post, installed at the border, became an attraction for thousands of tourists who had reached there to watch the daily beating retreat ceremony at sunset.

However, Indian authorities have maintained that as per regulations, the flag has been installed at a distance of 200 metres from the International Border and therefore the flag installation does not violate any treaties.

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India said that the the flag was installed 200 metres before the zero line and was not a violation any global treaties or agreements.

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