JAMMU / AMRITSAR: The Indian Army and Border Security Force (BSF) exchanged sweets and jokes with their Pakistani counterparts on Wednesday on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha at various border posts in Jammu-et – Kashmir and Punjab for the first time since the Pulwama attack in 2019.
Jammu-based defense spokesman Lt. Col. Devender Anand said: “The Indian army and Pakistani army exchanged candy on the occasion of Eid-Al-Adha on the line. checkpoint (LoC) at the Poonch-Rawalakot crossing point and Mendhar-Hotspring (Tattapani) crossing point in the Poonch district. This can be seen as a confidence-building measure in the context of the ongoing ceasefire between the two countries. ”
Similar engagements took place at Kaman Aman Setu in Uri and at the Tithwal crossing on the Kishanganga river in Tangdhar, Kupwara. Anand said the gesture was appreciated by both armies and should promote goodwill and mutual trust.
BSF and Pakistan Rangers also exchanged candy to mark Eid celebrations along the international border in the Jammu region in the areas of Hiranagar, Samba, Ramgarh, RS Pura, Arnia and Pargwal and Attari in Punjab. . “There has been no cross-border bombing for a long time and farmers on both sides of the border have been able to carry out their farming activities in a peaceful manner,” said a spokesperson for the BSF.
An Attari official said the usual border tradition of greeting each other on important and religious occasions has been suspended after the Covid-19 outbreak.