The Indo-Pak Express

One a bitter August midnight, two brothers parted ways to remain in hostility for years to come. They fought each other to nab the paradise on Earth, Kashmir. They built missiles and nuclear weapons to swank each others’ might.  Basically very simple ego clashes lead to intense strife among these countries demarcated by Radcliffe line.

In 2007, the Samjauhta Express, commonly called Friend Express was bombed at the old Panipat. The land which saw of the death of Mughal, Lodhi, Hemu and Marathan soldiers also had the ill-fate to view the tragic death of innocent half a century pakistani lives.

The same year, inspite of all these, the Indo-Pakistan Express started their journey in Banglore at King Fisher Airlines Tennis Open.   The Rohan Bopanna of India & Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan pair. But they bowed out in the final. They were met with excitement from all quarters. Friendship among rivals do exists, they said!

But they had to wait another 3 years for a title to their name. That was at SA Tennis Open, Johannesburg.

This win was just a few days after the fire exchange and cease fire violation  across Line of Control (LoC). This naturally further estranged the far estranged relationship.

But that didn’t keep Bopanna & Qureshi away. Their friendship just grew, along with that their game improved match by match. They peaked to rank 6. Their friendship became extensively appreciated and well known by then. They became a symbol of brotherhood.

On the eve of 10th September 2010  when India & Pakistan hotly debated the death sentence verdict of Ajmal Kasab (the prime accused the Mumbai blasts), they secured all rights to dream of a US Open Grand Slam trophy as semi-final winners. But history wasn’t noted down the way they wanted. They had to settle with a runners up trophy.

Nevertheless, the world appraised them. The T-shirt they wore during one of the US Open match was thought provoking. It was a strong message by these gentlemen to their respective motherlands. They displayed a model to not just the 20% population of the world living in India & Pakistan, but also to the entire world. They once again proves that friendship is borderless! Then this Indo-Pak express cruised on conveying the ideals of friendship.

Let a day come when India and Pakistan reunite!

(They later went on to win a couple of 250 series and a master’s. In 2012, though they chose to play with dfferent partners, their friendship remained intact.)


39 thoughts on “The Indo-Pak Express”

  1. I hate borders and wars. Kashmir should be British again and then there could be peace. I’ve only been up to Kashmir once and I stayed on a houseboat. It’s nice up there.

    1. I do not feel it will be worthy enough.. the 300 year British rule intended to polarise people and loot them. This ultimately lead to the division of the Indian subcontinent into 3… Inspite of dozens of languages, culture, religions.. India still was just divided twice!

    1. It seems like the leaders want to just dig the issue again and again. they don’t really have an aim to stop it.. it is profiting them in many ways too.. amd the case pf Pakistan…. they were always in anarchy.. the military is more supreme at government is just a joke.

    2. That sure is optimistic thinking. Where? Anywhere – do politicians do anything that isn’t in their own best interest? No matter what country you are in. We think one day they will do the right thing for the people, but they don’t.

  2. I really liked reading your post and maybe I learned a little bit too. I think the citizens of the countries want the same thing – the right to stop living in fear and to have the basics needed to live – and health care. I haven’t been through nearly, nearly what some people have been through. Just having my parents stock the hall closet and doing duck and cover drills on the playground during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  3. I have nominated you for the liebster award.. You write amazingly!
    Congratulations Euphrates!! ⭐⭐
    Do tell me when you will answer the questions follow chain and nominate others 🙂

  4. VERY much agree with You, my Dear Anshad! Peace to You and Your family. Yes, let us have Tennis, or Cricket, of Music or Films, or anything, instead of Animosity. Love and Regards.

  5. As you can see, I pretty much liked every single comment on your post. I am very passionate about this topic. If there was an option to hit “Love” on your post like they have on FB, I would have done that instead of just liking it. You are so right, this needs to end. What an amazing post. I seriously feel the animals and birds of these countries also feel the tension now. I so want them to reunite. Amen to all the prayers! Every time I watch a India Pak match I want my country to win but I cant stop appreciating the Pak players and every time this thought comes to mind “Imagine, what could have we achieved if these 2 countries were in ONE team”. keep writing !!

  6. I read this again today. There is so much hate among people. It is everywhere. In America there is much hate, too, among the many races and cultures but the white people and white government think they are special. A better race. I am white and it distresses me. People here really don’t understand what is going on in the rest of the world. They don’t care about anything but what they want. Now we have an insane president who wants to be a dictator and start wars. I hope someday can have peace but I doubt that will happen.

    1. This is truly distressing. Around the world there is a swing towards majoritarian rule now. The issue existed is just getting more intense. I hope this doesnt extend long. But even that is not really enough.

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