In the occasion of 69th Republic Day, the Border Security Force (BSF) refused to follow the old tradition of sharing sweets and greetings with their Pakistani counterparts - the Pakistani rangers.
In the occasion of 69th Republic Day, the Border Security Force (BSF) refused to follow the old tradition of exchanging sweets and greetings with their Pakistani counterparts – the Pakistani rangers. Explaining the reason behind, Deputy General BSF KK Sharma at Attari Wagah border said that the atmosphere was such that no exchange of sweets took place with Pakistan Rangers. I think in the coming time old tradition of exchanging sweets will be revived soon. Further speaking about the flag meeting with Pakistan, Sharma said, ceasefire violation was the main issue of discussion during flag meeting with Pakistan. Both sides agreed that ceasefire violations should be reduced. BSF never initiates ceasefire violations. Lately, there have been series of skirmishes between both the countries along International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Reportedly, there have been incidents of repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces leading to the killing of soldiers and civilians on the Indian side.
BSF has said that on Thursday they had informed the Pakistan Rangers that there will be no exchange of sweets on Republic Day. According to the tradition, border guards of both countries have been exchanging sweets on major days like Independence Days of both countries and India’s Republic Day and religious festivals, like Eid and Diwali. However, BSF has altered itself, along the barbed wire of Punjab fenced 553-km International Border with Pakistan. Previously, on several occasions, the border guards have skipped the tradition of exchanging sweets with Pakistan. The exchange ceremony is mainly held at the Attari-Wagah joint check post, 30 km from Amritsar.
Meanwhile, On 25, January 2018, BSF and Pakistan Rangers had held a flag meeting along the International Border in RS Pura sector of Jammu and Kashmir. In the meeting, India had protested sharply on the recent spate of firing from Pakistan. Reportedly, India had asserted that the ‘provocative’ acts by would not be tolerated. “During the meeting, BSF strongly objected to the dastardly acts of sniping of its soldiers on January 3 and 17 from Pakistan side and then its further resorting to unprovoked firing and shelling targeting number of Indian villages, innocent civilians and their properties,’’ a BSF official was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.