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United colours of India-Pakistan at United Nations

It's an unexpected sight, but seems to have become common suddenly — the Indian and Pakistani ambassadors to the United Nations racked up their fourth joint appearance at a public event on Wednesday, within the span of a week. Anirudh Bhattacharyya reports.

world Updated: Sep 17, 2010 10:53 IST
Anirudh Bhattacharyya

It's an unexpected sight, but seems to have become common suddenly — the Indian and Pakistani ambassadors to the United Nations racked up their fourth joint appearance at a public event on Wednesday, within the span of a week.

India's Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Puri and his Pakistani counterpart Abdullah Haroon stepped out of the same limo and stepped into the Aicon Gallery, run by brothers Projjal and Prajit Dutta, both originally from Delhi.

The occasion was a solo show by Karachi-based Adeela Suleman.

During the past week, the two envoys appeared together at the US Open semi-final and final matches that featured the Indo-Pak Express tennis duo of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam ul-haq Qureshi.

Haroon was also present at a concert to commemorate 9/11, organised by the Indian Mission to the UN.

"I don't think this is unusual in any way. If it hasn't happened before, that was unusual," Haroon said.

Author Suketu Mehta, who hosted a discussion with the artist during the opening, was amused at the appearance of the envoys: "I'm glad they're meeting here. If only they could meet in Delhi or Islamabad, we'd all be better off."