Diwali goodwill alive on Gujarat-Pakistan border
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.