India, Pakistan resume contact on LoC, IB; troops exchange sweets


JAMMU: As borders in Jammu region including Line of Control (LoC) in twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch and International Border in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts remained calm for past quite some time, India and Pakistani troops exchange sweets on the LoC and IB today on the occasion of Pakistan’s Independence Day.
It was after break of several festivals that the security officials of the two countries met at the LoC and IB to exchange sweets and fruits which, in the past, had become a routine between them but in view of last year’s heavy exchange of shelling and firing leading to several casualties and damages on both sides, the practice had been stopped for the past few months.
Official sources told the Excelsior that Army officials of India and Pakistan met at the main cross-LoC point of Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch district this afternoon during which they exchanged fruits and sweets on the occasion of Pakistan’s Independence Day.
The officials of two Armies were together at Chakan-Da-Bagh for about 40 minutes, sources said, adding that the officials were likely to meet again tomorrow to celebrate India’s Independence Day.
Similar functions of the meetings between Indo-Pak officials at other designated meeting points on the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts were also received, sources said.
The officials of Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistani Rangers met at Octroi Post in Suchetgarh sector of RS Pura tehsil in Jammu district along the International Border and for exchange of sweets and fruits to mark Pakistan’s Independence Day. Both the sides met for more than 50 minutes. The meeting ended in cordial atmosphere.
The BSF and Rangers also met at various other designated points for such functions on the International Border and exchanged sweets and greetings.
The Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistani Rangers also exchanged sweets today on the International border in Punjab on the occasion of Pakistan’s 72nd Independence Day. The sweets were exchanged at a ceremony and both sides wished each other well at the Attari check post, about 30 kilometers from Amritsar district of Punjab.