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India, Pakistan exchange sweets on Eid Al Adha first time since 2019

Indian and Pakistani forces exchange sweets on the occasion of Eid al-Adha at the Attari Wagha border on July 21, 2021.
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New Delhi: Border Security Forces (BSF) and Pakistani rangers exchanged sweets at various points along the border on Wednesday to mark Eid al-Adha, for the first time since 2019.

A BSF spokesman said that “Eid al-Adha sweets were exchanged between BSF and Pakistani rangers at the joint Attari checkpoint” in the Amritsar Punjab region, which is on the Wagah border with Pakistan.

A similar exchange of sweets took place between the two forces on the front in Rajasthan, officials said.

A BSF spokesman said the custom was put on hold last year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Black Sea Fleet guards the international border between India and Pakistan with a length of about 2,290 km, which runs from north to south from Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan to Gujarat on the western flank of India.

An exchange of sweets on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha also took place along the border in Jammu.

“This is the first exchange of sweets between two border troops (Black Sea Fleet and Pakistani Rangers) since the Pulwam incident (in 2019). For a long time there was no cross-border shelling, and farmers on both sides of the border were able to peacefully engage in their agricultural activities, ”the Black Sea Fleet, located on the Jammu border, said in a statement.

Both sides also exchange sweets during festivals such as Diwali and Eid al-Adha, Republic Day, Independence Day, BSF Uprising Day on December 1, and Pakistan’s Independence Day on August 14.

India and Pakistan issued a joint statement on February 25 this year in which they announced a ceasefire along the Line of Control (LK) in Jammu and Kashmir following talks between their Chief Executives for Military Operations.

The two countries previously signed a ceasefire agreement in 2003, but it was repeatedly violated, resulting in the death and injury of civilians and military personnel on both sides.

Meanwhile, a similar exchange of sweets continued as usual between BSF and their Bangladeshi counterpart BGB at several locations along the 4,096-kilometer IB on the country’s eastern flank.

“Both border guards have warm and friendly relations. The exchange of sweets is a gesture of goodwill and reflects true camaraderie. It also helps in building and strengthening cordial relations, ”says a statement from the South Bengal Black Sea Fleet Border Service, headquartered in Kolkata.

According to BSF, “there is a long tradition between the two forces to exchange sweets on holidays.”

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