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10 Pak outposts refuse Diwali sweets from BSF

10 Pak outposts refuse Diwali sweets from BSF
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BSF personnel offered Diwali sweets to their Pakistani counterparts on the Indo-Pak border here but very few of them accepted it amid border tensions between the two countries.

  • India never violates ceasefire: Rajnath
  • 54 BoPs along China border announced
  • Won’t allow India to build bunkers: Pak

Jaisalmer: BSF personnel offered Diwali sweets to their Pakistani counterparts on the Indo-Pak border here but very few of them accepted it amid border tensions between the two countries.

"BSF personnel offered sweets to Pakistani rangers at 14 outposts. However, Pak rangers at only 4 outposts accepted the sweets," BSF, DIG, Ravi Gandhi said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh taking the salute at the Raising Day Parade of ITBP at Surajpur Camp in Greater Noida on Friday
On the other hand, Pakistan has sent 'Diwali sweets' to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The sweets, by Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and his wife, were also sent to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said India has never violated the ceasefire.

"In the last two days, it is Pakistan which has violated the ceasefire. They did not even spare a day like Diwali," he added. The latest ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces occurred Thursday, the day of Diwali, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was visiting Kashmir.

Unfazed by China's objections to development of border areas, Government announced setting up of 54 new border outposts and a Rs 175 crore package for beefing up the infrastructure along the border in Arunachal Pradesh.

The announcement was made by Rajnath Singh even as he made it clear that India wanted to solve the border dispute with China through dialogue, asserting "peace with honour" was most important requirement for building good friendly relations with that country and other neighbours.

All these posts will be set up in Arunachal Pradesh where there were large gaps at the Line of Actual Control(LAC). China has been objecting to any development of infrastructure along the LAC and setting up of border outposts leading to instances of stand-offs with India including during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to this country in September this year. Pakistan has said it won`t allow India to build bunkers along the Jammu and Kashmir border in violation of a bilateral pact.

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