From fighting over river waters to fighting over borders to merely quarreling over who will win the cricket match, India and Pakistan have always locked horns in every situation and have had conflicts over political and strategic issues since independence!

Pakistan snapped all the air and land links with India and expelled Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad in response to India’s decision to revoke article 370 and eliminate the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir in 2019. It had also suspended the trade and railway services to express anger and disagreement over this issue.

Surprisingly, Pakistan, one of India’s foremost enemies, extended its support to India to help it fight the second deadly wave of COVID-19.

Help From The Pakistani Government 

Pakistan’s government has offered to provide relief support, including ventilators, BiPAP, digital x-ray machines, and PPE kits to India.

Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan

This offer was made when Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed solidarity with the people of India in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in India on his Twitter handle.

He said in his tweet that “we must fight this global challenge confronting humanity together.”

PM Imran Khan’s tweet

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Support From Pakistani Celebrities And Leaders

Many Pakistani leaders and sports celebrities offered prayers and good wishes for the people of India.

The hashtag #PakistanStandsWithIndia trended on Twitter and ideas of cooperation between the two nations in these difficult times were voiced.

Pakistanis expressed solidarity with India
Tweets with #pakistanstandswithindia

Former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar also tweeted to express his solidarity with India, saying, “it’s a pandemic, we are all in it together. Must become each other’s support.”

Former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar’s tweet

Help Offered By Pakistan’s Edhi Foundation

Edhi Foundation, founded by famous humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi offering to help India by sending a fleet of fully equipped 50 ambulances.

It also offered to send a team of volunteers to assist India in fighting the fatal wave of COVID-19 as soon as it gets permission from the central government of India.

Tweet by Edhi Foundation

India’s Reaction

Media sources suggest that offerings of help from the Pakistani government and eminent figures of Pakistan are unlikely to be accepted.

India did not respond to the Edhi Foundation’s proposal of granting relief support.

Many people argue that India should not take help from Pakistan as it doesn’t want ‘sympathy’ and can fight the pandemic without its assistance.

While many also say that India should accept Pakistan’s aid to meet the emergency demands and forgo its ego. After all, people’s lives are at stake here. The rivalry between the nations can wait.

Image Credits: Google Images, Twitter

Sources: India Today, Times of India, Twitter

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