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Pakistanis turn flag ceremony near Indian border into rally

  • Pakistani border guards gesture while looking at their Indian counterpart during a daily border closing ceremony at sunset, at the Wagha border post, Pakistan, Saturday, Oct 1, 2016. A routine daily flag-lowering ceremony at an Indian-Pakistani border crossing has become a show of strength and patriotism on the Pakistani side thanks to simmering tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)

    Pakistani border guards gesture while looking at their Indian counterpart during a daily border closing ceremony at sunset, at the Wagha border post, Pakistan, Saturday, Oct 1, 2016. A routine daily flag-lowering ceremony at an Indian-Pakistani border crossing has become a show of strength and patriotism on the Pakistani side thanks to simmering tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pakistani spectators wave their national flags during a daily border closing ceremony at the Wagha border post in Pakistan, Saturday, Oct 1, 2016. A routine daily flag-lowering ceremony at an Indian-Pakistani border crossing has become a show of strength and patriotism on the Pakistani side thanks to simmering tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)

    Pakistani spectators wave their national flags during a daily border closing ceremony at the Wagha border post in Pakistan, Saturday, Oct 1, 2016. A routine daily flag-lowering ceremony at an Indian-Pakistani border crossing has become a show of strength and patriotism on the Pakistani side thanks to simmering tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pakistani border guards in black uniform take part in a daily border closing ceremony with their Indian counterpart at the Wagha border post in Pakistan, Saturday, Oct 1, 2016. A routine daily flag-lowering ceremony at an Indian-Pakistani border crossing has become a show of strength and patriotism on the Pakistani side thanks to simmering tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)

    Pakistani border guards in black uniform take part in a daily border closing ceremony with their Indian counterpart at the Wagha border post in Pakistan, Saturday, Oct 1, 2016. A routine daily flag-lowering ceremony at an Indian-Pakistani border crossing has become a show of strength and patriotism on the Pakistani side thanks to simmering tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)  (The Associated Press)

A routine daily flag-lowering ceremony at an Indian-Pakistani border crossing has become a show of strength and patriotism on the Pakistani side thanks to simmering tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.

Thousands of Pakistanis thronged the border town of Wagha Saturday to watch their soldiers lower the flag. The ceremony takes place daily and features a formal set of handshakes between Indian and Pakistani soldiers. Very few people attended from the Indian side.

Saturday's ceremony took on extra meaning because of an ongoing dispute between India and Pakistan over the contested territory of Kashmir.

The latest tensions were sparked by a militant attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir that killed 18 Indian soldiers. Both countries claim the Himalayan territory, which is split between Indian and Pakistani-controlled zones.