No exchange of sweets at India-Pakistan border on Diwali

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The Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday did not exchange sweets and greetings with Pakistani Rangers on the occasion of Diwali, deviating from the norm.

The BSF’s move is in the wake of heightened tensions between the two countries.

India has accused Pakistan of supporting terrorists who carried out an attack on an army base camp at Uri last month and unprovoked ceasefire violations along the International Border (IB) and the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in recent months.

Border guards of both countries have for the past several years followed a tradition of exchanging sweets on major religious festivals such as Eid and Diwali, and also during Independence Days of both countries.

The BSF is on maximum alert in Punjab following recent ceasefire violations and Pakistan-backed terrorism incidents in neighbouring Jammu and Kashmir.

In the past two-three years, border guards have skipped the exchange of sweets on a few occasions.

The exchange ceremony is mainly held at the Attari-Wagah joint checkpost, 30 km from Amritsar, on the International Border.

Punjab has a 553-km barbed wire fenced border with Pakistan. -ht

The Pashtun Times

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