On Diwali, Indo-Pak troops exchange sweets along LoC

On Diwali, Indo-Pak troops exchange sweets along LoC
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Jammu: The Indian and the Pakistan armies exchanged sweets and festive wishes Tuesday on the eve of Diwali along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
“On the occasion of Diwali, as a confidence building measure, sweets were exchanged between Indian Army and Pakistan Army at Poonch and Mendhar on November 6,” the Jammu-based White Knight Corps said in a tweet.
Both armies exchanged greetings and pleasantries along with the sweets, it said.
Meanwhile, a defence spokesperson said General Officer Commanding, Fire and Fury Corps, Lt Gen Y K Joshi interacted with the troops deployed in zero degree temperatures in the rugged and mountainous locations of western Ladakh on the eve of the festival of lights.
Lt Gen Joshi conveyed his greetings to the troops and their families, the spokesperson said.
He said the GOC complimented the troops for their service to the nation in such remote and inhospitable terrain and weather conditions.
Later in the day, Lt Gen Joshi paid homage to slain soldiers at the Kargil War Memorial in Drass and interacted with troops, the spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistani Rangers exchanged sweets and greetings on the occasion of Diwali at the Attari-Wagah border on Wednesday, officials said.
The BSF gifted sweets to the Pakistani Rangers and it reciprocated the gesture, they said.
The two sides also exchanged greetings and pleasantries, officials added.
On January 26, the BSF had refused to exchange sweets and greetings with the Rangers in the wake of heightened tension between the two countries along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir due to “repeated ceasefire violations” by Pakistani forces.
The border guarding forces of both the countries exchange sweets and wishes on various religious festivals like Eid and Diwali, and also on Independence Day and Republic Day.
—PTI/Agencies