Amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan because of cross-border attacks, some stories of love and peace have managed to permeate through the almost overtly jingoistic narratives that have been wildly popular in the mainstream media.
In a heart-warming post shared by a page called Humans of Pakistan, a platform to spread stories and photographs steeped in humanity, two schoolboys from Pakistan spoke about their Indian friend across the border.
The boys have never met their Indian friend, but they play a game every day after school, in which they skip stones on the river that separates them. The rules are fairly straightforward: the one who manages to get his stone to skip the farthest distance, wins.
This post has been shared over 17,000 times by social media users.
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Here is the complete post:
“We have a friend who lives on the other side of the river. This time everyday, he comes back from school. He always stands over there and throws stones in the water. We do the same. Whoever gets their stone to skip the furthest distance wins. We play this game everyday.”
– What is your friend’s name?
“We don’t know. The river makes it hard for us to talk to each other. But we do know that he is an Indian Kashmiri because that’s on the river’s other side.”
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