Atari, The Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday refused to exchange sweets and greetings with Pakistani Rangers along the international boundary on the occasion of Diwali.
The BSF move in the wake of the recent heightened tension between the two countries.
Border guards of both countries have for the past several years followed a tradition of exchanging sweets on major religious festivals like the Eid and Diwali, and also during Independence Days of both countries.
The BSF is on maximum alert in Punjab following recent ceasefire violations and Pakistan-backed terrorism incidents in neighbouring Jammu and Kashmir.
In the past 2-3 years, border guards have skipped the exchange of sweets on a few occasions.
The exchange ceremony is mainly held at the Attari-Wagah joint check post, 30 km from Amritsar, on the International Border.
Punjab has a 553-km barbed wire fenced border with Pakistan.