Wagah border
Representational Image: Wagah borderIANS

Breaking from tradition, India's Border Security Force and Pakistan's armed forces did not exchange sweets across the border in Wagah on Saturday on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr, as border skirmishes and diplomatic statements have raised tensions between the neighbours in recent days. 

The head of the Border Security Force (BSF) said that Pakistan refused to accept the Eid sweets on Saturday. 

"No exchange of sweets took place between both sides today (Saturday) on Eid. This time, the matter was discussed but we did not get any positive response from that (Pakistan) side. We also did not pursue the matter," BSF Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Amritsar sector, M.F. Farooqui told IANS.

Muslims in India and Pakistan are celebrating Eid ul fitr on Saturday after observing a month of fasting during Ramzan. 

Over the last few years, the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers have been exchanging sweets on festivals and other occasions across the checkpost in Wagah, though the exchange did not take place during Eid al-Adha last October as well, according to IANS . 

The decision to exchange sweets is taken at a meeting of officers from both sides of the border. 

However, tensions have marred the already strained relations between India and Pakistan over the last few days, with several ceasefire violations resulting in civilian deaths on both sides of the border. 

Despite a positive meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Ufa, Russia, earlier this month, controversial statements by Pakistani officials on the trial of 26/11 terror accused have ruffled feathers in India. 

Indian security forces, however exchanged sweets with their Bangladeshi counterparts along the border in West Bengal on Saturday. 

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