Modi Sends Greetings to Pakistanis on I- Day

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday wished the people of Pakistan a happy Independence Day, hours after two countries traded heavy firing along the Line of Control in Kashmir. 

Modi took to Twitter to convey his message, passing on greetings and well wishes to the people of Pakistan.

Greetings & good wishes to the people of Pakistan on their Independence Day.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)  

The greeting comes despite ongoing tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. 

Early on Friday morning, Border Security Force resorted to what Pakistan termed as ‘unprovoked firing’ along the LoC.

Express News reported quoting the Inter Services Public Relations that one Kashmiri woman was killed and two of her daughters wounded in the Indian firing.

“Indian forces opened fire at Neza Peer Sector in Rawla Kot,” ISPR said. “Pakistani forces responded effectively,” it added.

Further, Indian’s BSF on Wednesday announced that they would not indulge in the annual ritual of exchanging sweets on Independence Day.

 “This time this thing will not happen, we will neither receive nor give sweets to Pakistan Rangers on the occasions of Independence Days of both countries,” BSF’s Inspector General Frontier Anil Paliwal announced earlier this week.

Despite hostilities, Indian BSF and Pakistan Rangers have traditionally exchanged sweets at border crossings, particularly at the Wagah-Attari border on Independence Day.

Pak Will Stand By Kashmiris: Envoy

NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said on Friday that Pakistan would not leave Kashmiris alone and would not abandon them as they continue their legitimate struggle for freedom.

“No matter how much time their legitimate struggle takes, Pakistan will never abandon Kashmiris and their cause,” said Basit reported the Hindustan Times.

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