Pak troops exchange sweets with Indians on R-day

Jammu: Pakistani troops extended greetings and exchanged sweets with Indian soldiers in two sectors along the Line of Control on Republic Day on Tuesday even as there were ceasefire violations by Pakistan border guards along the frontier in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan Army personnel led by a Colonel-rank officer presented boxes of sweets to Indian Army officers at forward defence locations and crossing-points at Chakan-Da-Bagh and Tatapani in Poonch and Mendhar sectors along the LoC.

"They greeted us and exchanged sweets with our troops on R-day at the two different FDLs in Poonch district this morning," a senior army officer said.

Even as Pakistani armymen were busy greeting their counterparts, Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing on forward border outpost of Alfa Machail in Kanachak sub-sector along the international border in Jammu district.

Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along LoC by opening fire on the Indian forward positions, BSF officials said adding this was the second such incident since yesterday.

They had also violated the ceasefire last night by firing three mortar shells, which exploded some distance away from an FDL on the Indian side in Poonch district.

Indian troops stationed in Uri sector of north Kashmir presented baskets of sweets to their Pakistani counterparts.

Troops of Four Jat regiment presented sweets to Pakistani soldiers at Kaman Post, the last Indian territory in Uri sector, 126 kms from here, official sources said.

Kaman Post hit the headlines in 2004 when bus service between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir was resumed after nearly six decades.