Pakistani soldiers on border defy long-standing Eid tradition by refusing sweets from India


Amid tension at the Indo-Pak border, Pakistani soldiers on Saturday defied a long-standing Eid tradition by refusing to accept sweets from their Indian counterparts at the Wagah-Attari border.

Border Security Force officers said that their message to Pakistani counterparts for the annual exchange of Eid greetings was not met with a response.

“It is true that sweets have not been exchanged this Eid… Till date, the tradition of exchange of sweets has always been followed… We want peace at the border and we also maintain efforts of cooperation every time… We will keep wishing them on every festival,” said Farooqui, Deputy Inspector General of BSF.

However, a correspondent told that this is not the first time that sweets have not been exchanged on Eid. There have been numerous such instances even on Diwali in the backdrop of tensions in the area, the source said.

Pakistani Defense Ministry had on Wednesday alleged that it shot down an Indian spy drone along the LoC in Bhimber, in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Both the Indian Army and Air Force, however, denied that their drones were shot down. It was later discovered that the drone was Chinese-made, as confirmed by a Shanghai-based website.

Indian government sources said that it was a strange coincidence that Pakistan had shot down the drone soon after the ceasefire violation on Wednesday when a woman was killed and six, including two soldiers were injured as a result of firing from across the border in Akhnoor.


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