‘Chacha Pakistani’ of Wagha Border passes away at 90


Chacha Pakistani, Mehar Din, the man who used to be Pakistan’s cheerleader at the Wagah Border flag ceremony every single day, died on Sunday at the age of 90.
He was always seen wearing and waving the Pakistani flag at the Wagha border.
Mehar Din 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.
Chacha Pakistani’s nephew said, “Ever since we were born, we have seen him go to the Wagah Border every single day.”
“He loved military rule and disliked democratic governments,” the nephew added. Former president Pervaiz 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 give to 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, even willing to walk to his destination. Chacha Pakistani had also received awards and certificates from Rangers and other officials visiting the border. Devoted to Pakistan and a true patriot, Chacha Pakistani went to the border everyday adorned in his kurta made out of a flag of Pakistan.
He had this eccentricity, his nephew said, adding that Chacha would never let the Pakistani flag touch the ground. They said he was almost scared of that ever happening. The cause of his death was unclear as his family did not have money to take him to a hospital. All that is known was that he was suffering from a fever and cough for the past few days.
Chacha’s hometown was a village in Punjab called Chandrai where he will be laid to rest, wrapped in his beloved green and white flag.


  1. there will be patriots and nationalists who will die for our nation, having done soo much and for nothing in return.
    a patriot who did not receive any pay nor did he ask for…

    May Allah Sub'hana'ta'Allah bless his soul.

  2. it there is selfless devotion to nationalism
    it is chaha mehar ud din pakistan is proud 
    for only a few can stand in history to do so much just for love 
    pakistan was his true love
    i salute you

  3. We do not even go to school or to work every day.. and this old Man!!!
    Why it does always takes to have someone loose his life before we know his greatness?? Are there any more left?? whom we can thank while they are still alive and can learn from them as to what our forefathers had to lose to win a country for us….
    Please wake up!! We may now be living a posh life but our children or the grand children will suffer with what is approaching towards us.
    Ya Allah hamaray gunahon ko maaf farma, hamaray waaldain hamari aal oolad per raham farma ta kay qayamat kay din Chacha Mehar Ud Din Jannat kay border per hamara istaqbal karay… Aaameen

  4. May Almighty bless the soul of this patriotic and dedicated Pakistani, who spent all his love showing his love for this country, while others more privileged, and paid to serve, were indulging in selfisf pursuits of greed based corruption.

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