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Indian, Pak troops say it with sweets

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Amritsar, July 30, 2014
First Published: 08:11 IST(30/7/2014) | Last Updated: 08:18 IST(30/7/2014)

Bonhomie was displayed at the India-Pakistan border at Attari near here as the officials of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistan Rangers exchanged pleasantries and sweets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on Tuesday.

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As per the tradition followed on this joint check-post at the border, BSF DIG MF Farooqui handed over a basket of sweets to his Pakistan Rangers counterpart Wing Commander Mohammad Asher. Thereafter the latter reciprocated by giving sweets to the BSF official.

Smiles, handshakes and exchange of sweets was a rare sight to watch at the Attari checkpost that normally witnesses tough postures and aggressive tones during the evening Retreat ceremony every day. The officials of the border forces of the two countries exchange sweets on the occasions of Eid, Diwali and Independence Day.

Notably, sweets were exchanged on the occasion of Eid even last year when the atmosphere was tense on the boder as ties between the two nations had soured due to the beheading of Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops along the Jammu and Kashmir border.

Certain people had even criticised the exchange of sweets at that time but the forces of the two countries maintained the tradition, claiming that such gestures reinforce the message of harmony.
Talking to Hindustan times, Farooqui said, “Such gestures are very important in maintaining peace and tranquillity. Along with tight vigil and patrol, we also need to promote such exchanges. This helps in better coordination.”

DAL KHALSA ACTIVISTS VISIT MOSQUE ON EID

Meanwhile, the Dal Khalsa activisits on Tuesday visited the local Jama Masjid here and extended greetings to the members of the Muslims community on the sacred occasion of Eidul-Fitr. Party activists, led by Kanwar Pal Singh, visited the historic mosque and met Imam Hamid Hussain Qasmi and greeted all the Muslims who were celebrating the festival.

While felicitating the Muslims, the leader of the Sikh party pressed for strengthening the cultural bonds between the two communities communities.

A brief discussion was also held on the volatile situation in Saharanpur where communal violence took place recently. Representatives of both the communities expressed concern and pain over the communal clashes in Saharanpur. They also expressed grief over the loss of lives and property during the clashes.

Making an appeal to the people of both the minority communities to maintain peace, Kanwar Pal Singh urged people to defeat the attempts of the miscreants to divide various communities.

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