Srinagar, Nov 4: With ceasefire at the border the bond between the two neighboring armies continues to develop as both the sides exchange sweets on Diwali celebration on Thursday.
The two armies have adhered to the ceasefire pact after the DGMO’s of both countries agreed to adhere to the ceasefire.
Armies of two neighboring countries Pakistan and India have moved to the traditional practice and are regularly exchange sweets at the Theethwal crossing and Kaman Post (Aman Setu) in Kupwara and Baramulla districts of Kashmir division on the festivals.
Post February 24-25 ceasefire understanding between the armies of India and Pakistan the scenario close to the Line of Control (LoC) has changed with people living a peaceful life.
On Thursday, the two armies, as per the Defence Spokesman based in Srinagar Colonel Emron Musavi, the sweet exchange on Diwali took place at Kaman Aman Setu in Uri and Tithwal Crossing on Kishanganga River in Tangdhar, Kupwara.
“On the occasion of Diwali and as a gesture for promoting peace, harmony and compassion in the true spirit of the festival, Indian and Pakistani armies held a flag meeting and exchanged sweets at Kaman Aman Setu, Uri & Tithwal Crossing on Kishanganga River in Tangdhar, Kupwara”, Musavi said in a statement.
“The events have been held when both the armies have been strictly following the ceasefire agreement on Line of Control.”
Border residents in both Kashmir and Jammu division have expressed their satisfaction and happiness over the ceasefire understanding between India and Pakistan saying that the move has not only brought them to peace, they are also able to undertake normal activities and are working freely in agricultural fields besides allowing their kids to attend school on a regular basis.
The residents also claimed that the ceasefire has also helped in the revival of border tourism.
“The ceasefire has also led to the return of celebrations of special occasions like marriages and other festivals where people enjoy folk songs amid massive native gatherings,” locals said.
Last month, the Chinar Corps commander based in Srinagar took part in the Keran mela which was held at the zero LoC with the huge participation of the general public.
However, officials have maintained the surveillance to thwart any infiltration attempt, despite both armies have been strictly following the ceasefire agreement on LoC.