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Pakistan's tableau in China shows Red Fort in Lahore

IANS  |  Beijing 

The historic Red Fort in was shown as Lahore's Shalimar Garden at a banquet event of Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on Wednesday. A Pakistani official admitted that it was a "goof-up".

The 17th-century monument, from whose ramparts successive Indian Prime Ministers have delivered Independence Day speech, was on the tableau of with the picture caption reading: "Fort and Shalimar Garden in Lahore (1981)."

"This is a goof-up. Indians and Pakistanis are friends," a Pakistani woman at the tableau who did not want to be identified, told IANS.

The Indian flag fluttering at the monument was glaring.

Red Fort was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 17th century.

Indian diplomats were seen pointing the faux pas to their Pakistani counterparts at the event attended by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.A

The banquet was organized at Versailles Hall in Legendale Hotel Beijing where SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov was present.

India's Ambassador to Vijay Gokhale and his Pakistani counterpart Masood Khalid exchanged pleasantries and spoke to each for a while.

India and joined the SCO in Astana during the annual summit, which was concluded last week, taking the number of members of the grouping to 8.

--IANS

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