<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Security Force (BSF) said it will not exchange sweets with Pakistan Rangers at Attari Wagah border this Diwali.The statement comes in the wake escalated tensions between the two countries after a jawan was mutilated by the terrorists in an encounter near the Line of Control in Macchil sector of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. The terrorists mutilated the jawan’s body, apparently beheading him, before fleeing back into Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir under the cover of firing provided by the Pakistan Army. The Indian army warned that “the incident will be responded to appropriately”.Four army and three BSF personnel have died in the latest escalation along the boundary with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir. The exchange of sweets between the border guarding troops of the India and Pakistan is an old and traditional gesture between the two sides which is aimed to show goodwill and this practice has been continuing for many years now. The same drill is held during Eid and Independence Day of both the countries. Senior commanders from both the sides exchange sweets in their official uniforms along the Wagah land border.Earlier this year, sweets were exchanged between the Indian and Pakistan security personnel to celebrate the festival of Eid at several points on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan. Indian and Pakistani Army has also exchanged sweets on several points along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
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