Pakistan forces give Indian troops sweets at Wagah on Independence Day

Updated 15 Aug 2016

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Rangers Sector Commander Shaukat Ali presents sweets to BSF Commandant Sudeep during a ceremony at Wagah. ─AFP
Rangers Sector Commander Shaukat Ali presents sweets to BSF Commandant Sudeep during a ceremony at Wagah. ─AFP

LAHORE: Pakistani troops distributed sweets to Indian troops at the Wagah border to celebrate Independence Day.

Rangers Sector Commander Shaukat Ali hugs BSF Commandant Sudeep before presenting sweets. ─AFP
Rangers Sector Commander Shaukat Ali hugs BSF Commandant Sudeep before presenting sweets. ─AFP

Officer Sector Commander Shaukat Ali from the Pakistan Rangers presented sweets to Indian Border Security Forces Commandant Sudeep during a heavily-attended special parade and ceremony commemorating Aug 14 at Wagah. The two men also exchanged a hug and good wishes.

The Pakistani flag was raised high at the ceremony as the air rang out with cries of Pakistan Zindabad on Sunday morning.

Called 'mithai diplomacy', giving out sweets on Pakistan and India's respective Independence Days (and other special occasions) is a regular tradition at Wagah, despite tensions between the two countries.