India And Pakistan Skip Traditional Exchange Of Sweets On Eid

18/07/2015 3:05 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Pakistani Rangers (L) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel perform during the daily beating of the retreat ceremony at the India-Pakistan Wagah Border on July 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Escalating hostilities between India and Pakistan over ceasefire violations cast a shadow on Eid celebrations today, with the two neighbours skipping their traditional exchange of sweets across the Wagah-Attari border.

“No exchange of sweets took place between both sides today on Eid," said M.F. Farooqui, Deputy Inspector General of the Border Security Force, IANS reported.

“This time, the matter was discussed but we did not get any positive response from that side. We also did not pursue the matter,” he said.

During the past week, India has blamed Pakistan for ceasefire violations across the border in Jammu, and Islamabad has claimed to have shot down an Indian drone, which, New Delhi says is of Chinese design and commercially available.

And both sides have blamed each other for denying visas to their diplomats and officials.

Despite their strained relations for over six decades, Indian and Pakistani soldiers have kept up a tradition of exchanging sweets and greetings on festivals.

This tradition was also broken last October in the midst of deadly exchange of firepower between India and Pakistan along the border, IANS reported.

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