Jammu (NVI): In a display of bonhomie on the occasion of Eid-ul Fitr, Indian Army personnel today exchanged sweets with their Pakistani counterparts at the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Indian Army and Pakistan Army celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr on the Line of Control (LoC) at Poonch-Rawalakot Crossing Point and Mendhar-Hotspring Crossing Point in Poonch district of Jammu & Kashmir today,” the Army said in a statement.
Sweets and compliments were exchanged by the representatives of both the Armies in an atmosphere of bonhomie and festivities, it said.
The ceremony is seen as a confidence building measures in the backdrop of recently agreed ceasefire between both the countries.
The gesture was appreciated by both the armies and expected to promote good will and mutual trust, the statement said.
The LoC, particularly in the Poonch sector, used to be very volatile till three months back, before the two countries reached an understanding on February 24 to strictly adhere to the ceasefire agreement of November 2003.
The ceasefire is largely being observed since then, providing relief to the civilians living along the LoC.
Prior to the February 24 agreement, Pakistan used to regularly violated the ceasefire by firing rockets and small arms, making hell the life of those living along the LoC.
Pakistan used to resort to ceasefire violations mainly to provide cover to the terrorists whom it pushed across the LoC into Jammu and Kashmir for carrying out violence and bloodshed.
Significantly, Army Chief Gen M M Naravane yesterday completed his two-day visit to forward areas of Jammu to assess the status regarding the ceasefire.