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Undoubtedly, it is the tough times that reveal true friends and foes. Since the violent partition, the relationship between Pakistan and India has been plagued by hostility and suspicion. But COVID has revealed a side of both nations that we don’t see often. While the world thought Pakistan would celebrate India’s destruction via surging cases, Pakistanis took us all by surprise! Prime Minister Imran Khan referred to COVID as a global challenge and sent prayers for India.
I want to express our solidarity with the people of India as they battle a dangerous wave of COVID-19. Our prayers for a speedy recovery go to all those suffering from the pandemic in our neighbourhood & the world. We must fight this global challenge confronting humanity together
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 24, 2021
Famous Pakistani singers, influencers, and even groups of youngsters are sending well-wishes for COVID stricken India. One just can’t ignore the love and care this nation has shown during these tough times. Cricketers including Shoaib Akhtar, Babar Azam, and Shoaib Malik sent prayers for India while actor Feroze Khan and singer, Momina Mustehsan also expressed their concern.
Humanity above all! Thank you @SMQureshiPTI and the citizens of Pakistan. Being there for each other in crisis & being human together is the only way to fight this global battle.
May we all heal & see a better tomorrow.
— Momina Mustehsan (@MominaMustehsan) April 24, 2021
That’s not all folks! A group of Pakistani youngsters paid a tribute to their Indian friends across the border and front-line health workers in India. Their song “Hosla Na Haro” is trending on Twitter and has won Indian hearts in this tough time.
— Shiraz Hassan (@ShirazHassan) May 6, 2021
Another young singer of Pakistan, Imran Hashmi came up with a song “Hum Tere Sath Hein” to uplift the grieving Indians across the border. The video also highlights the efforts of Pakistan to help India tackle the situation. Edhi Foundation is a world-recognized welfare foundation in Pakistan serving round-the-clock without any discrimination of color, class, and creed. The welfare organization has offered to send its ambulances and volunteers to India to help deal with the rising cases. Moreover, Pakistan has also offered to provide relief support in the form of ventilators, Bi-PAP, digital X-ray machines, PPEs, and related items. (There is no official confirmation of acceptance from India yet.)
As the world awaits India to accept the help offered by Pakistan, the question remains – why were the two nations unable to see this side before? Or were we “made” to see just the violent side of Indo-Pak relations? Politicians and sensational news crazy media are the major culprits to fuel such hatred between the two nations. Controversy, hatred, and violence spread like fire as compared to positivity! Beware of which media channel or blog you follow as they always have a hidden agenda!
Buddha said, “When you wish good for others, good things come back to you. This is the law of nature”.
If we come out of this pandemic with a modicum of friendship between the two nations – we will see it as the silver lining of this dark cloud above us.
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