SAMBA/KARACHI: Sweets were exchanged between Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel and Pakistan Rangers in Indian-occupied Kashmir’s Samba sector on the occasion of Holi today, the Indian media reported.

The Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel also hoisted the Indian flag.

The ancient Hindu festival of Holi, which heralds the end of winter and the victory of good over evil, is marked with a national public holiday in India and sees revelers pour onto the streets.

Meanwhile, Sindh province has also announced a public holiday to celebrate Holi, the first time the Hindu "festival of colours" was officially marked in Pakistan.

The exchange of sweets between the troops from both sides on religious festivals and days of historical significance is part of the confidence building measures between the two sides.

The move comes a day after Indian and Pakistani armies exchanged sweets and greetings on the Line of Control (LoC) to commemorate Pakistan Day.

23rd March marks the passing of the Lahore Resolution of 1940 demanding a separate homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent.

Majority-Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan have fought three wars since becoming separate nations in 1947, two of them over Kashmir, which they both claim in full but rule in part.