A day after warning to Pak, it's back to sweets

Updated on Mar 23, 2015 11:03 PM IST

A day after home minister Rajnath Singh warned Pakistan to mend its ways and stop promoting terrorism, the jawans of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistan Rangers started the suspended gesture of exchange of sweets at the Attari border.

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Hindustan Times | By, Amritsar

A day after home minister Rajnath Singh warned Pakistan to mend its ways and stop promoting terrorism, the jawans of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistan Rangers started the suspended gesture of exchange of sweets at the Attari border.

Pakistan, celebrating the Pakistan Day on Monday, offered the sweets to BSF troops at the joint
Wagah-Attari post as soon as the Retreat Ceremony ended; the offering was accepted.
The exchange of sweets had been suspended by Pakistan since Eid in July 2014, after heightened tension between the countries during ceasefire violations along the Jammu and Kashmir border by Pakistan Rangers.

In 2014, sweets had not been exchanged even on festivals like Diwali, the Independence Day and Republic Day.

The exchange of sweets is a little surprising, especially when there have been terror attacks in Samba and Kathua.


GLAD TIDINGS?

" The countries had suspended the gesture of exchanging sweets at the border since Eid in July 2014

" On Sunday, union home minister Rajnath Singh had slammed Pakistan for foisting the 1999 Kargil war on India and indulging in terrorist activities.

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  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    A principal correspondent, Aseem Bassi is the bureau chief at Amritsar. He covers politics, Indo-Pak border, gurdwara politics, crime, border trade and civic issues.

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