Encouraging cross border ties between the youth of India and Pakistan comes 15 Pakistani boys from Lawrence College Murree on a ten days tour to India. The students along with their principal Farooq Kayani visited Jalandhar on Wednesday. The group is here to visit Lawrence School, Sanawar for a Hodson race. The students of The Lawrence School, Sanawar visited them last year as both the schools are sister concerns. |
The students who are on their maiden visit to India found a lot of familiarity between both the countries. Talking to HT City, Farooq Ahmed, a medical student and a resident of Kharian Cantt, said, "Be it the language, food or lifestyle, everything is similar to us. My Perspective has completely changed after coming to India because I was expecting a lot of difference between things in both the countries.” Agrees Awaab Qureshi, another medical student and a resident of Rawal Pindi, "It is a homely environment for us over here. The generosity and the hospitality of the people over here are very heartwarming. We had aloo paranthas today and it tastes the same, which we get in Pakistan. We speak exactly the same Punjabi as is spoken here."
While Sikander Mahmood another student from the delegation, added, "More such interactions and visits are the key to better relations between both the countries. When the food, culture and tradition of both the countries are the same then why do people need visas to cross the border?"
Farooq puts across a pertinent question, "Why don't we people get placed with good job perspectives in each other's countries. If I get a good job and package, I would love to work in India and so should my Indian fellow beings in Pakistan."
The students have already visited the capital and Agra to see the Taj Mahal and Dera Beas including a three-day stay in Lawrence School, Sanawar. The students did shop for sarees and shawls from Shimla and Jalandhar. One of the member from the team quipped, "We bought sarees for our Ammi and loved to eat south Indian food, which is not available in Pakistan. Dosa was a delicious dish."
While three of the cricket crazy boys from the group, Ahmed Waleed, Hamza Riaz and Asian bought the Indian cricket team jerseys and got the names of their favourite players, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh printed at their backs.
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