Pakistan fears India’s tallest ever flag could be used for ‘spying’

India erects 110 metre high flag on the border in the northern state of Punjab

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The Independent Online

Pakistan has raised concerns that India’s tallest ever flag, which can be seen from Lahore, could be used for “spying”. 

India erected a 110 metre high flag at the Attari Border in the northern state of Punjab, prompting Pakistan to accuse its neighbour of violating international treaties. 

Pakistan has complained to the Border Security Force and raised suspicions that hidden cameras may be installed on the flag pole for spying purposes.

They have asked India to move the flag at a further distance so it is no longer visible from Lahore, according to India Times.

Indian authorities maintain the 200-metre distance from the border is far enough that they have not violated any laws.

“It is our national flag and nobody can stop us from hoisting it on our soil," Anil Joshi, a minister in the Punjab government, told India Today

The flag is 110 metres long, 24 metres wide, weighs 55 tons and is expected to become a major tourist attraction at the Attari-Wagah border.

It has overtaken the previous tallest flag, which stood 300 feet (91.5 metres) high in the city of Ranchi in the state of Jharkland.

India was originally meant to fly the flag on 26 January but this was delayed due to technical issues.