Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), had a grand Holi after their thumping victory in UP polls. The victory got an unexpected congratulatory message from across the border.
An 11 year-old girl from Lahore, Pakistan, Aqeedat Naveed, congratulated the PM for such remarkable victory in UP elections and urged him to take steps towards friendship and peace between India and Pakistan.
Aqeedat has earned accolades in her country for writing letters in support of peace and tolerance to world leaders, including that of India and Pakistan.
The daughter of a Lahore University professor, Aqeedat, in a two-page letter to PM Modi, wrote,
Once my father told me that winning of hearts is a marvelous job. Perhaps you have won the hearts of Indian people, therefore you won the election in UP. But I must tell you if you want to win more Indian and Pakistani hearts, you should take steps towards friendship and peace. Both countries need good relation. Let’s make a peace bridge between India and Pakistan.
Let’s decide that we will not buy bullets, will buy books. We will not buy the guns, will buy the medicine for the poor people. Choice is ours, peace or conflict. I congratulate you for your success in UP elections.
Aqeedat and her 14 year-old brother, Moarikh Naveed, have been writing peace letters. The duo also drew Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s attention to the condition of Sikhs in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, where the Sikhs continue to live without basic necessities.
Aqeedat is in class 5 and her brother is in class 8. It was Moarrikh’s idea to write peace letters and her sister followed his steps. The siblings want tourists to visit Pakistan the way they travel to India. They want to see India and dream to have peace between the two nations.