I-Day celebrations at Wagah, but no exchange of sweets with Pak

  • PTI, Attari
  • Updated: Aug 15, 2015 19:02 IST
Beating Retreat Ceremony underway at Wagah border. (Photo courtesy: ANI Twitter account)

The Border Security Force (BSF) celebrated Independence Day on Saturday at Wagah border but the ceremonial exchange of sweets with the Pakistani Rangers didn't take place.

BSF DIG Mohd MF Farooqi took part in an event organised on the occasion of the 69th Independence Day at Attari where the tricolour was hoisted.

Functions were held by the BSF at various border out posts along Punjab's 553-km long International Border with Pakistan.

No exchange of sweets took place between the BSF and the Pakistani Rangers at the Attari-Wagah joint check post, a BSF officer said. BSF IG, Anil Paliwal had announced earlier that the BSF will neither be offering nor accepting sweets from its counterpart this year.

His announcement came in the wake of two recent terror attacks in Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur, Punjab and Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir.

As per past practice, each year, the BSF has been accepting sweets from Pakistan on August 14, the neighbouring country's Independence Day and offering sweets to them on India's Independence Day on August 15.

Meanwhile, the Indian Customs officials accepted sweets from their Pakistani counterparts on Friday and offered them sweets on Saturday, a Customs official said on condition of anonymity.

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