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

Published: November 3, 2013
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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

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

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 Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel dance as they celebrate the Diwali festival 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.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Ariba
    Nov 3, 2013 - 10:05PM

    The same never happened on EID. Why are we slaves of India?

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  • Riaz Khan
    Nov 3, 2013 - 10:10PM

    Glad to see two forces chief exchanging gifts instead of bullets!

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  • FAZ
    Nov 3, 2013 - 11:37PM

    So, when will the fireworks resume??Recommend

  • faizaan
    Nov 4, 2013 - 12:03AM

    these kind of photo-ops mean nothing after what is happening in our borderlands.

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  • vaticancity
    Nov 4, 2013 - 12:22AM

    I cannot tell who is Indian and who is Pakistani, no wonder they are shooting each other aimlessly, mistaken identities. How come this does not happen during Eid time? Is this a marketing exercise from India?

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  • azmat khan
    Nov 4, 2013 - 12:57AM

    Good gesture.It is out of sincerity not out of pressure.We want good friendly ties with India.
    Happy Diwali to all Indians.

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  • Khan
    Nov 4, 2013 - 1:13AM

    It’s a unfortunate reality that India n Pakistan will never be, real friends. So what would be the best for them a. Settle Kashmir problem, sooner the better; b. Solve water issues; c. Get down from mountain tops/never to climb again; d. Divert all resources for the betterment of their respective population; e. Indian government/people must reconcile with the fact/reality to live within it’s borders n vise versa; g. In 21st century, Mongols can’t reestablish their empire n neither Sings, Rajputs etc dreams hold any realistic values; h. Want to do business, go ahead – live n let live policy will be the only way to fly. Otherwise, politicians, vultures, self fish landlords, business tycoons n what not will be the beneficiaries n general public of both side victims for next 50, 100 or so n so years will be able to live or die. Please think!

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  • Khan
    Nov 4, 2013 - 1:53AM

    And we get bombs and dead bodies on eid

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  • reza
    Nov 4, 2013 - 3:10AM

    Pak soldiers look v smart and fit.

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  • Bharat
    Nov 4, 2013 - 9:07AM

    Good gesture, these should be done on all festive occasions !

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  • gp65
    Nov 4, 2013 - 10:20AM

    @vaticancity:
    @Ariba:

    Both of you are wrong. Sweets were indeed exchanged on chhoti Eid and the recent Bakri Eid. Stop with your conspiracy theories and victim mindset. A simple google search would have told you hat you needed o know.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTrAOpEL-D4
    http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/bsf-pak-rangers-exchange-eid-sweets-at-wagah-in-hush-hush-manne-26141.htmlRecommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Nov 4, 2013 - 12:22PM

    @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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  • Stranger
    Nov 14, 2013 - 7:38PM

    @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.

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