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Samjhauta Express and Indo Pak hostilities

Sir,
It is quite disturbing to read stories of continuing animosity between the people of India and Pakistan. In reality, ordinary people stand to lose, because amid conflict the true wealth of these two lands cannot be realised. People in India and Pakistan should be able to live in a friendly atmosphere and showcase their goodwill, especially to younger generations. Neighbours cannot live with hostile minds, whereas a trusting friendship will improve the lives of all.
After the recent incidents, I read several articles about the Samjhauta Express train, which runs between India’s capital city and Lahore in Pakistan. The “friendship express” is a true reflection of how deeply intertwined these two nations are. If you read the stories of people travelling on the Samjhauta Express, you cannot imagine a conflict between their two homelands.
Suffice to say a nuclear conflict between these two would be unthinkably awful.
But we now have a situation in which peace and stability on the subcontinent are mostly dependent on how India and Pakistan lead their people. We can only hope that the youth in both countries take a different approach to bring about a safer future. History shows that the repercussions of war live on for decades and even centuries in the communal memories of people. Let’s hope the beauty of the Samjhauta Express can be realised elsewhere and that the train runs smoothly to continue connecting the people of India and Pakistan.
Irfan, email

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