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    Indian hospitality moves Pakistani students.

    Indian hospitality moves them
    New Delhi, October 17
    Hindustan Times

    In an event that augurs well for people-to-people contact
    between India and Pakistan, a group of schoolchildren from
    Pakistan are here to play cricket.

    The visting students, who have played two cricket matches
    with the local Salwan Public School, met Foreign Minister
    Jaswant Singh at the Hyderabad House today.

    The teenage students were all praise for the Indian
    hospitality and had a lot to tell about their visit to the
    city of the Taj.

    Almost of all them felt that such exchanges between India
    and Pakistan should continue in the future.

    Mohd. Billal, 17, from Islamabad said: “People were
    hospitable and warm, it was different from what I had
    imagined.”

    Echoed Uzma Hayder (16): “I liked the people and was also
    impressed by their friendliness. I believe that such
    exchanges will clear several misconceptions.” As Fatima
    Aamir (16) put it “New Delhi is cool. Almost everyone can
    speak English here!”

    The Indian Foreign Minister was all grace and charm. He gave
    a warm welcome to the students and expressed hope that the
    future of the subcontinent was safe in their hands.

    He commented: “Such encounters give hope that the two
    countries can live in peace in the future. India wants to
    have the best of relations with Pakistan. It was with that
    in mind that the Lahore bus service was not terminated even
    at the worst of times. India has also liberalised its Visa
    regime for Pakistan.”

    Mr Jaswant Singh also presented a book to the visiting
    Pakistani students while commenting in a lighter vein that
    he, however, knew that it was terrible to inflict books on
    schoolchildren.

    Social psychologist Ashis Nandy of the Centre for the Study
    of Developing Societies commented, “Such events have
    tremendous possibilities as both sides get to cut through the propaganda and learn that the other side is not one of demons.”

    Speaking of the likeness in culture and behaviour of the people, 15-year-old Rizwan from Lahore articulated, “There are so many similarities, we are almost the same sort of people.”

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