This Pakistani woman's warm 'affinity with India' will make you think

Oct 04, 2016, 13:46 IST | mid-day online correspondent

A Pakistani woman from Islamabad Alizay Jaffer's long post on Facebook on September 29 after surgical strike across LOC made everyone sit up and think

Pakistani woman from Islamabad Alizay Jaffer's post on FacebookAlizay Jaffer. Pic/Facebook

A Pakistani woman from Islamabad Alizay Jaffer's long post on Facebook on September 29 after surgical strike across LOC made everyone sit up and think.

A Pakistani woman from Islamabad Alizay Jaffer's long post on Facebook on September 29 after surgical strike across LOC made everyone sit up and think.

After the reports of Indian Army carrying out a surgical strike, across the LoC, on Pakistani terrorist camps made headlines, Jaffer's post about the relationship between people living in both the countries went viral.

Pakistani woman from Islamabad Alizay Jaffer's post on FacebookScreenshot of the post

In the post, she wrote about 'strange affinity' she has with India. "It's strange, this affinity with India. I find myself getting increasingly upset at the abuse and hatred tossed from one border to another, with little rationale apart from the 69 year old chips on our shoulders."

She writes, " It's very strange, this affinity with India. When Amitabh Bachchan is in the hospital, we pray for his good health; when Ranbir Kapoor’s film is a hit, we're prouder than Neetu and Rishi; we never deny that no one brings romance to life like the voices of Kishore and Rafi; they are in unanimous agreement that their local music scene is not a patch on ours; if we happen to interact abroad, they're the only pardesis we include in the ‘desi’ category; their monuments carry our history; our language carries their roots."

She talks about partition in a very beautiful way, "The fact that we are now divorced; the fact that our separation is painful for both of us; the fact that where there is now hate, there was once unity and a common pride; the fact that we allowed an external power to come in and manipulate us, and we fell prey; the fact that no one will know us like we know each other, because after all, we were once but one."

The post has to date more than 3,500 shares while the likes and comments have reached more than 9k. The post has received comments from Indians and Pakistanis, where some have thanked Jaffer for writing it while many questioning the relationship between the countries.

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