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Unusual bonhomie between Indian, Pak border forces on I-Day

PTI  Attari/Jammu, August 15, 2009
First Published: 22:54 IST(15/8/2009) | Last Updated: 22:56 IST(15/8/2009)

An unusual bonhomie between Pakistani and Indian troops marked the Independence Day celebrations this time as the two sides followed the tradition of exchanging sweets at Wagah border and Chakan-Da-Bagh along Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Led by Colonel Arshad, Pakistan army officers walked across the LoC at Chakan-Da-Bagh Crossing point and hugged their counterparts including commanding officer of Poonch Brigade Col J P Yadav, a day after they were hosted by the Indians on the occasion of Pakistan's Independence Day.

Officers offered juice and sweets to the Pakistani guests who presented sweets and fruits to Indian side. The get together lasted for half-an-hour, officials said.

BSF troops hosted Pakistan rangers at Octerio Border Outpost along International Border in R S Pura sub-sector in Jammu district.

"The two sides traditionally exchange sweets but it was perhaps for the first time that there was no tension on both sides of the border. Officials chatted freely in a very congenial atmosphere," an army officer said.

On Wagah border, BSF Deputy Inspector General Mohammad Aquil received gifts from Pakistan Ranger Major General Mohhammad Yakoob Khan at the decorated Attari check post.

The traditional Pakistani sweets from Lahore and Karachi were presented in a tastefully decorated basket.

"This morning there was great enthusiasm between the border forces of the two nations. BSF officials and Pakistan Rangers were today seen in a relaxed mood. Both shook hands and exchanged pleasantries with smiling faces to mark the occasion," a BSF official said.

The exchange of gifts between the forces of the two neighboring nations is a long-standing tradition to mark their respective Independence Day.

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