Happy Diwali: India, Pakistan forces exchange sweets at Wagah border

The Hindu festival was marked by a relaxed atmosphere at the joint checkpost near the Attari/Wagah border.


Web Desk November 03, 2013
ndian Border Security Force (BSF) officiating Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Baby Joseph (L), BSF Commandant, Satish Kumar (2L) along with BSF officers gives a gift to Pakistani Ranger Wing commander Asher Khan (C) on Diwali at the India-Pakistan Wagah Border on November 3, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

ATTARI/WAGAH: Indian and Pakistani forces exchanged sweets at the Wagah border on the occasion of the Hindu festival of Diwali on Sunday, Zee News reported. 

The Indian news site reported that the Indian Border Security Force's officiating Deputy Inspector General Deby Joseph, along with other officers and soldiers, gifted assorted traditional Indian sweets to their Pakistani counterparts.

Pakistani Rangers Wing Commander Mohammed Asheer Khan returned the gesture with an assortment of choice Pakistani sweets.

Diwali marks the homecoming of the Hindu god Lord Ram after vanquishing the demon king Ravana and symbolises taking people from darkness to light and the victory of good over evil.

The Hindu festival was marked by a relaxed atmosphere at the joint checkpost near the international Attari/Wagah border.

The warm exchange today came despite both the countries being locked in a blame game against each other for violating the decade-old ceasefire along the Line of Control.

With over 50 violations across the LoC and working boundary Since August, tensions have been escalating. Skirmishes since the start of the year have taken the lives of many, including civilians.

COMMENTS (13)

Stranger | 8 years ago | Reply

@Ariba - I hope you are joking. I am sure that there are rotten apples on both sides but given a chance I would like to go back 7 decades and be one entity.

Aschraful Makhlooq | 8 years ago | Reply

@Khan: @Ariba: Agree with both of you and this all is happened because we have lived with India from 1857 to 1947 for 90 years and nowadays this has been our greatest ever dilemma and tragedy that we follow and copy every new tradition and custom performed in Hindus' marriages and without Hindus' customs and traditions we consider our happy occasions most especially importantly marriages incomplete and boring because old habit always go hard but non-muslims never follow and copy Islamic customs and traditions in their happy occasions most especially marriages......

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