‘Chacha Pakistani’ no more

ISLAMABAD - Chacha Pakistani, the man who come rain or shine would reach the Wagah Border for the flag ceremony, passed away at the age of 90 on Sunday.

By Our Correspondent

Published: Tue 23 Oct 2012, 8:28 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 1:23 PM

If you have ever been to the Wagah Border, you would have seen Chacha Pakistani dressed in the Pakistani flag and waving one around too.

His real name was Mehar Din. He was born in 1922 and was unmarried. While his brothers migrated to Pakistan at the time of its creation, Chacha came here post partition. He had no home of his own and lived with his nephews. Speaking to The Express Tribune, Chacha Pakistani’s nephew said: “Ever since we were born, we have seen him go there (Wagah Border) routinely.”

“He loved military rule and disliked democratic governments,” the nephew added. Former president Parvaiz Musharraf had sent him for Umrah on a political quota.

He also revealed that his uncle had no source of income and made a living out of money people would hand him at the border.

Living some 40km away, he would hitch hike to Wagah every day, getting out of one car and getting into another — willing to even walk to reach his destination.


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