Di­wali good­will alive on Gu­jarat-Pak­istan border

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Ahmed­abad: Amid es­ca­lat­ing ten­sion be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan, Border Se­cu­rity Force (BSF) has re­fused to ac­cept sweets as a good­will ges­ture at the Wa­gah-At­tari border on Di­wali. But in Gu­jarat, BSF has been ex­chang­ing sweets with Pak­istan Rangers at three border check­points over the last three days. This tra­di­tion has not been bro­ken since the 1971 war de­spite in­ci­dents of cease­fire vi­o­la­tion across the Line of Con­trol (LoC) in Jammu and Kash­mir and the In­ter­na­tional Border.

Se­nior BSF of­fi­cials in Gu­jarat say greet­ings were ex­changed at three places — Banaskan­tha, Kutch and Gand­hi­na­gar — on the Gu­jarat stretch of the border.

The of­fi­cials said last Fri­day, BSF had ap­proached Rangers in the three Gu­jarat sec­tors with sweets and greeted them on Di­wali. The following day, Rangers re­cip­ro­cated. “Sweets be­tween the BSF and Pak Rangers are ex­changed on the border as part of a ges­ture for good­will and peace,” a se­nior BSF of­fi­cial said. Times of In­dia

Good­will sweets be­ing ex­changed by troops at along the Gu­jarat-Pak­istan border for Di­wali.

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