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BSF, Pakistan Rangers exchange sweets at border on Diwali

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AMRITSAR: Border Security Force (BSF) exchanged sweets with Pakistani Rangers on the occasion of Diwali from Attari(India)-Wagah (Pakistan) land border on Wednesday.

BSF Commandant Sudeep Kumar greeted his Pakistan counterpart by giving a box of sweets, the gesture was reciprocated by Rangers officials.

Exchange of sweets is a traditional practice carried out by BSF and Pak Rangers on various religious and national events including Independent Day and Republic Day to maintain harmony on the border and for coordination between two forces for better border management.

The friendlier gesture, however, comes to a halt when tension mounts between two countries.

In 2016 there was no exchange of sweets on the occasion of Diwali but the gesture was resumed in 2017.

Exchange of sweets takes place on all the three major international border posts of Attari, Hussaniwala, and Sadqi in Punjab.

The sweets diplomacy is also an indication of the current state of relations between the two nations.

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