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Week after India's decision on J&K, BSF, Pak rangers do not exchange sweets on Eid at Wagah

Indian security personnel stand guard along a deserted street during restrictions in Jammu&Kashmir. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION New Delhi Aug 12, 2019, 10.09 PM (IST) Reported By: Sidhant Sibal

A week after India announced internal administrative changes to remove the special status for Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has continued its rhetoric and increased negative attitude towards India from no Eid sweets at Wagah to vandalisation of statue of Ranjit Singh and aircraft deployment.

On the occasion of Eid on Monday, there was no exchange of sweets between Pakistan Rangers and BSF at the Wagah border which had become a yearly tradition. 

Over the weekend, Pakistan's daily newspaper Dawn reported that a statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the legendary 19th-century ruler of undived Punjab was vandalised. It was reported that men carrying clubs and bricks entered the mansion of Maharani Jind Kaur, the wife of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and vandalised the statue. 

The men, from a certain religious organisation who were responsible for vandalising the statue, have been arrested and a criminal case has been registered against them.
 
Meanwhile, Pakistan has placed three C 130 aircraft at the Skardu airbase in Pakistan occupied Kashmir in the backdrop of New Delhi's decision on Kashmir. 

Government sources told news agency ANI that the transport aircraft have been placed and "Indian agencies concerned are keeping a close eye on the movement of Pakistanis along the border area".

Skardu airfield is forward operating base of the Pakistan Air Force.