India and Pak troops exchange sweets along LoC

Indian and Pakistani troops deployed along the Line of Control Friday exchanged sweets and dry fruits on the occasion of Diwali, at Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Last Updated: Nov 05, 2010, 20:11 PM IST

Jammu: Indian and Pakistani troops deployed along the Line of Control Friday exchanged sweets and dry fruits on the occasion of Diwali, at Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Soon after the gates of Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point opened around 1100 hours, Indian troops led by Colonel VP Kristopal, handed over boxes of sweets and dry fruits to their Pakistani counterparts as a goodwill gesture on Diwali, officials said here.
From the Pakistani side, troops led by Colonel Omar Gul also handed over packets of sweets and dry fruits to Indian army officers.

During the brief function, Col Gul expressed greetings and good wishes to the people of India on behalf of his unit and citizens of Pakistan, officials said.
Meanwhile at Octroi post on International Border in RS Pura sector in Jammu district yesterday, Border Security Force troops and Pakistani Rangers also exchanged sweets and Diwali greetings.

Commanding Officer of 135 battalion of BSF Vineet Kumar had led the BSF officers, while the Rangers were led by Wing Commander of 2nd Chenab Rangers Zulfkar Ali on the occasion, they said.

PTI