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India and Pakistan armies exchange sweets on Eid

Exchange was sweets proposed by Pakistan Army on hotline in the morning, says Indian Army spokesperson

SP Sharma | Jammu |

The armies of India and Pakistan exchanged sweets on Wednesday on the occasion of Eid at the Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in Poonch district.

According to Army spokesman Lt Colonel Devender Anand, the exchange was sweets was proposed by Pakistan Army on hotline on Wednesday morning. Compliments were exchanged in an atmosphere of bonhomie and festivity, he said.

The exchange of sweets is a gesture appreciated by both countries.

Earlier in the day, Eid celebrations in Srinagar and various other places in the Valley were marred with clashes between security forces and groups of anti-social elements who hurled stones and waved flags of Pakistan and terror outfit ISIS, even as a BJP activist and a policeman were shot dead by terrorists in South Kashmir.

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Security forces resorted to lobbing tear gas and cane-charging protesters to disperse the violent mob in the old city of Srinagar.

According to reports, terrorists barged into the residence of BJP activist Shabir Ahmad Bhat (26) in Pulwama’s Rakh-e-Litter area around Tuesday midnight and abducted him. His bullet-riddled body was recovered in the morning. Shabir was constituency president of the BJP. He was the third BJP activist to be killed by terrorists in Kashmir. Bhat was under the protection of police and had come home in Pulwama to celebrate Eid.

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In Zazripora village of Kulgam, policeman Fayaz Ahmad Shah (34), who had come home on leave to celebrate Eid with family, was shot dead when he was returning after offering Eid prayers.

Fayaz is survived by his wife and two minor daughters aged 5 and 2.

Security forces have launched a hunt for the terrorists involved in both the killings.