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No Exchange Of Sweets With Pak Rangers At Attari-Wagah Border: BSF

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| January 26 , 2018 , 17:43 IST

On the occasion of the 69th Republic Day, Border Security Force refused to make the exchange of sweets and greetings with Pak Rangers. The trend of exchanging sweets on the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) was previously followed on the occasion of Diwali, Eid and also during Independence days of both the countries and on India's Republic Day.

Due to mounting tensions between the two countries and ceasefire violation by Pakistan, leading to the killing of many soldiers and civilians on the Indian side, the tradition of exchange has come to an end.

According to IANS, senior BSF official on condition of anonymity said, “This time we are not exchanging sweets with Pakistani Rangers.” BSF sources said it was conveyed to the Pakistan Rangers on Thursday that no sweets will be exchanged on Republic Day.

Though the official did not elaborate on the reason behind the decision, the BSF move is apparently in protest against the repeated breach of truce by Pakistan. In the past 4-5 years, border guards have skipped the exchange of sweets on a few occasions as tension continues to prevail along the Line of Control and International Border.

The exchange ceremony is mainly held at the Attari-Wagah joint check post, 30 km from Amritsar.