Flag-waving 'Uncle Pakistan' no more

After 10 years of whipping up crowds at the elaborate daily ceremony of closing Pakistan and India’s main land border crossing, the flag-waving star of the Pakistani side has died.

Mehr Din. AFP

Huge crowds gather on both sides of the Wagah border post each sunset to see the display of military preening and pageantry, and for a decade Mehr Din, known as “Uncle Pakistan”, led his compatriots in cheering on their men.

Dressed in the vivid green and white of the Pakistani flag, Din, who died on Sunday aged 90, was a familiar a figure at Wagah, near the eastern city of Lahore.

Din sold vegetables  before making his regular trips to the flag-lowering ceremony, his nephew Mohammad Altaf told AFP.

Eventually, the Pakistani Rangers started paying him Rs 14,000 (USD 150) a month.

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