Pakistani Rangers exchanged sweets with their Indian counterparts at the Wagah-Attari border point on the occasion of their country’s 70th Independence Day on Sunday.
Following decades of Hindu-Muslim hostilities in the Indian sub-continent, Pakistan was carved out of British India at the stroke of midnight on August 14, 1947 as the British Raj in the region finally came to an end.
India’s paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) personnel greeted Pakistani Rangers on the occasion. “Today, on August 14, (Pakistan) Rangers have exchanged sweets with us,” said a BSF personnel, Sudeep.
Meanwhile, Pakistani envoy to India, Abdul Basit marked the day by hoisting the national flag at the High Commission in New Delhi.
While addressing the gathering, Basit said he dedicated his country’s celebration to India’s strife torn Jammu and Kashmir state.
“Pakistan has always tried to strengthen its relationship with India and the country has tried for it as well. The relationship has to be strong so that it grows, moves on the path towards progress and prosperity and prosper on all issues. As far as Jammu and Kashmir state is concerned, today on the grand celebration of Pakistan’s Independence Day, I dedicate this day to Jammu and Kashmir,” Basit said.
Kashmir has been contentious since India and Pakistan were carved out of British-ruled India and declared independent in 1947.
Both sides rule the Himalayan region in part but claim it in full. India has long accused Pakistan of arming separatists battling Indian forces in its part of Kashmir, but Pakistan denies that.