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Musharraf's Plane Flies Indian Flag Upside Down


P.T.I., Jaipur, Apr. 16, 2005

It was intended to symbolise Indo-Pak friendship but turned out to be a faux pas of sorts.

The Indian flag on the special Pakistan International Airlines (P.I.A.) plane, which brought here Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, was displayed upside down - green on top and saffron below.

The aircraft had the tricolor on one side of its nose and the Pakistan flag on the other as it landed from Islamabad carrying the V.V.I.P. and his accompanying delegation.

However, the mistake was detected soon after Musharraf and his wife Sehba left for Ajmer in a helicopter and was corrected.

The Indian Air Force helicopter, which ferried Musharraf to Ajmer, also displayed flags of the two countries.