Attari: There was no exchange of sweets between the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers at the international border here on the occasion of Pakistan`s Independence Day on Friday.
With tensions between India and Pakistan over recent terror attacks in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, officials of BSF and Pakistan Rangers didn`t follow the tradition of offering sweets to one another.
"No sweets were offered by either side," a BSF officer said here. Both sides, at a meeting of the border commandants this week, had decided not to exchange sweets.
Pakistan`s Independence Day falls on August 14 and India`s a day later.
The tradition of exchanging sweets on select occasions was broken on the occasion of Eid in October last year.
Normally, Pakistan Rangers offer sweets on Pakistan`s Independence Day and the BSF reciprocate on India`s Independence Day.
However, on March 23 this year, the Pakistanis offered sweets to the BSF on the occasion of Pakistan Day.
Terrorists believed to be from Pakistan launched a terror attack in Dinanagar town in Punjab`s Gurdaspur district on July 27, leaving seven people dead.
And a terrorist said to be a Pakistani was caught after he and another terrorist, who was killed, ambushed and killed two BSF troopers in Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.