Pakistani and Indian troops exchange Eid sweets at LoC

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Despite tensions prevailing across the border, Indian and Pakistani soldiers Friday exchanged sweets and dry fruits on the occasion of Eidul Azha at the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, Times of India reported.

“The armies exchanged sweets and dry fruits at Chakan da Bagh and Mendhar crossing points in Poonch district,” said Indian Defence Ministry spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta.

After the brigadier-level meeting between the two armies at Chanka da Bagh earlier this week, there has been no ceasefire violation on the LoC and the international border in Kashmir.

Earlier this year on the occasion of Eidul Fitr, the exchange of sweets between the troops along the Wagah border in Punjab was called off.

The development comes amid rising tensions and ceasefire violations along the LoC and working boundary. Pakistan last week had summoned a senior Indian diplomat to lodge a strong protest over the latest ceasefire violation by the Indian troops that resulted in the deaths of three civilians along the LoC.

This was the second time in three days that Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh was called to the Foreign Office over the unprovoked firing by the Indian troops along the LoC.

The latest ceasefire violation took place days after the directors general of the Pakistan Rangers and the Indian Border Security Force agreed to restore the ceasefire along the working boundary.