Breaking from tradition, India’s Border Security Force(BSF) and Pakistan’s armed forces did not exchange sweets across the border in Wagah on Saturday on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, due to recent tensions between the neighbours, reports IbTimes
BSF Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Amritsar sector, M.F. Farooqui, said:
“No exchange of sweets took place between both sides today (Saturday) on Eid. This time, the matter was discussed but we did not get any positive response from that (Pakistan) side. We, therefore, did not pursue the matter.”
Over the last few years, the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers have been exchanging sweets on festivals and other occasions across the checkpost in Wagah, though the exchange did not take place during Eid-al-Adha last October as well.
The decision to exchange sweets is taken at a meeting of officers from both sides of the border.
Tensions have marred the already strained relations between India and Pakistan over the last few days, with several ceasefire violations resulting in civilian deaths on both sides of the border.
However, Indian security forces exchanged sweets with their Bangladeshi counterparts along the border in West Bengal on Saturday.