Indo-Pak troops exchange sweets at LoC

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Jammu, Oct 14: Army officers of India and Pakistan today exchanged sweets and dry fruits on the occasion of Eid at Chakkan-Da-Bagh at the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said today.

Commanding Officer of Poonch Colonel J P Dutta, represented the Indian troops while Colonel Mohammad Zia, Commanding Officer of 35 Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) led the Pakistan army team.

The troops from both the countries exchanged boxes of sweets and dry fruits besides a normal discussion for about one hour from 1010 hrs yesterday, official sources said, adding both sides left for their territories along with the gifts after an hour.

The troops exchange bullets frequently before the cease-fire came into force between the two countries on LoC and international boundary. However, on the occassion of Eid, we exchanged sweets and dry fruits, Col Zia said while talking to mediapersons at Chakkan-Da-Bagh.

This was the second meeting held between the officers of the two Armies in nearly two months. A meeting had been held at the same point to exchange greetings on Independence of India and Pakistan on August 14 evening.

Col Zia expressed hope that the cease-fire between the two nations which was going on for last three and a half years, will continue so that the people of India and Pakistan living on LoC could lead a peaceful life.

Chakkan-Da-Bagh is opened every fortnight on Monday to facilitate movement of the civilians from divided parts of the State to meet their family members, relatives and friends on a permit of 28 days.


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