Pakistan and India call off border ceremony after attack

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Pakistan and India call off border ceremony after attack

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In Lahore, mourners prepared to lay their loved ones to rest the day after a deadly suicide attack at a border crossing between India and Pakistan.

More than 50 people were killed and many more injured by the blast.

The Pakistani Taliban and two other militant groups claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mohammad Riaz, who lost five relatives in suicide attack, said: “They went to see the flag ceremony at the Wagah border.”

He added that “these oppressors are not Muslims they are heretics. They don’t deserve to live in this world, the government has to finish them off”.

The Wagah crossing is a high-profile target as the only road crossing between the two neighours. It attracts hundreds of people to watch the flag-lowering ceremony as the border closes every day.

India and Pakistan decided to suspend the daily military ritual for three days to allow for mourning. It marks the first time the ceremony has been called off since the two countries went to war in 1971.

Trading was also suspended for at least two days (according to custom officials cited in The Times of India) and security has been tightened around Punjab. Police turned away bus loads of tourists on their way to watch the Wagah border ritual.

The attack is the deadliest in Pakistan since the army launched a campaign to oust the Pakistani Taliban in North Waziristan along the Afghan border in June.