On the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers shared sweets at several places along the border for the first time since the Pakistani side eschewed the ritual in 2019.
After the Narendra Modi government abolished provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution that conferred special status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019, the Pakistani side unilaterally halted the exchange.A similar exchange of sweets took place between the two forces along the Rajasthan front too, officials said.
This was the first time sweets were distributed between the two forces after Article 370 was repealed because the Pakistani side declined to maintain the ritual, they said, adding that following the August 2019 developments, the BSF offered to exchange sweets but the Pakistani side did not reciprocate.
However, according to a BSF official, this custom was put on hold last year because to the COVID-19 epidemic.
The BSF patrols the 2,290-kilometer India-Pakistan International Border (IB), which extends north to south along India’s western flank from Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan, and up to Gujarat.
Exchange of sweets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha also took place along the border in Jammu.