New Delhi: After Pakistan refused sweets on Eid, India denies exchange of sweets on Wagha border during the Independence Day eve. In a symbolic message to Pakistan in the wake of heightened tension and increased incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan across LOC, India refused to abide by the decade old good will gesture.
The Border Security Force (BSF) has decided neither to send nor accept sweets from Pakistan Rangers this Independence Day. "BSF has decided neither to accept nor give sweets to Pakistan Rangers on Independence Day," said DK Pathak, Director General of the BSF.There is an age-old tradition of exchange of sweets on national days like Republic Day and Independence Day, and also on Diwali, Holi and Eid.
Traditionally sweets were exchanged at the Wagah-Attari border in Punjab which extended occasionally to the transit points in Jammu along the International Border and Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch along the Line of Control. This was seen as a confidence building measure and for officials to meet each other to keep tensions in check.
BSF and Pakistan Rangers have exchanged both small arms and mortar fire along the International Border in Jammu and Akhnoor belt.