SRINAGAR: The India and Pakistan armies exchanged sweets with each other on New Year’s Eve along the Line of Control (LoC), as per media reports. These exchanges come in the backdrop of a lull on the LoC after renewed ceasefire agreements between the two countries.
“On 1 January, Indian Army as a warm gesture, presented sweets to Pakistan Army at Chilehana – Tithwal Crossing Point, to extend best wishes to Pakistan on new year, displaying the will to maintain peace along the Line of Control. Over years, India has continuously endeavored to sweeten and strengthen the bilateral relations with Pakistan through goodwill gestures like this one across the spectrum to ensure peace and tranquility in the region,” the army in a statement.
Post the ceasefire agreement in February last year, there has been a prolonged peace along the Line of Control which has given the people living near the LoC a much needed reprieve.
“The people have appreciated efforts of the Indian Army to maintain peace in the villages along Line of Control. This gesture is one of the many such efforts. made towards achieving peace and development in J&K,” the statement said.
“These positive endeavors by the Indian Army will further the cause towards prolonged peace along the Line of Control.”