It has been a tradition in at the Attari-Wagah border that the sweets are exchanged every year on various festivals like Diwali, Eid, Republic Day and Independence Day. But, this republic day, a senior BSF official informed that the sweets will not be exchanged this time. The reason for this decision by the Border Security Force hasn’t been elaborated, but apparently, the move is a reaction to the recent increase in a number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
As per the reports by media channels, this month has seen a record number of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and Indian forces have also responded to those ceasefire violations with their ammunition. As a result, the officers of their duty at Attari-Wagah border decided to take a break from the traditional goodwill practice of the two Nations.
However, this is not the first time such a decision has been taken. From the past few years, there has not been an exchange of sweets even on the occasion of Eid and Diwali. This time a statement has come from the Indo-Pak Friendship Front secretary who has registered his distress on this action by the Indian Border Security Forces. He said that it is a deep-rooted conspiracy of anti-national elements on both sides to discourage the peace-making activities.
If forces on both sides will stop following these peaceful traditional practices, then the aim of those anti-national elements will be achieved. The exchange ceremony used to be held at the Attari-Wagah check-post which is at a distance of 30km from Amritsar.
Director General BSF KK Sharma, while confirming the non-exchange of sweets said, “We want good reasons behind the exchange of sweets on special occasions. But the heightened tension between the borders makes it evident that peaceful relations are not prevailing and a change must be imbibed.”