New Delhi: The Border Security Force (BSF) exchanged sweets with the Pakistan Rangers at Attari-Wagah border on Wednesday on the occasion of Eid al-adha. BSF commandant met his counterpart of Pakistan Rangers Commander at Zero Line along Attari-Wagah Border in Amritsar and greeted them.

It has been a long-running tradition between the two forces to exchange sweets on the occasion. The tradition assumes significance as it shows goodwill between both the nations.

It is to be noted here that the Border Security Force (BSF) did not exchange sweets with the Pakistan Rangers at Attari-Wagah border on Republic Day.

Director General of BSF, KK Sharma, had said, “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.”

In 2016 also, the BSF did not exchange sweets with Pakistan Rangers following heightened tension between India and Pakistan after Indian Army conducted surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK). Similarly, in 2015, there was no exchange of sweets and pleasantries on occasion of Eid festival after Pak Rangers didn’t turn up to exchange greetings on occasion of Eid ul Zuha in October 2014.