Pakistani and Indian troops exchanged sweets as part of Republic Day celebrations on Saturday, only weeks after the two sides had clashed on the Jammu and Kashmir border.
The exchange of sweets took place at Chakan-da-Bag along the Line-of-Control (LoC) as a goodwill gesture, continuing a tradition that mark such occasions, officials here said.
At Suchetgarh on the international border, 40 km west of Jammu, the Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers also exchanged sweets. India-Pakistan relations took a hit after New Delhi accused Pakistani troops of brutally killing two Indian soldiers along the LoC and beheading of one of them.
Pakistan had on the other hand accused Indian troops of killing two Pakistani soldiers on separate days.
In retaliation to the beheading and the mutilation of the other soldier, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared that there can be no business as usual with Pakistan. The Indian and Pakistani armies have been greeting each other on the LoC, which divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two countries, ever since a ceasefire came into effect in 2003.