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A whole new perspective

Due to improving relations between the two neighbours of South Asia, India & Pakistan school kids from across the border are also enjoying.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 13:35 IST

Amidst all round efforts for settling the outstanding issues between the two neighbours of South Asia, school kids from across the border are also enjoying the fruits of improving relations between India and Pakistan.

Fifteen students from Modern School, New Delhi, recently visited Pakistan on the invitation of the prestigious Atichion College of Lahore. It was a return visit for the Indian school, as their Pakistani counterparts had visited them a few months ago. For eighth standard student Vishal, visiting Pakistan was a kind of dream come true.

“As my forefathers came to India from Lahore in the wake of the partition in 1947, I always wanted to visit the place. When I was offered to take the trip by principal Lata Vaidyanathan, as part of the school team, I immediately accepted,” he said.

Vaidyanathan said that their visit to Pakistan has changed many misconceptions of the students in respect to Pakistan and its people. Somehow they used to think that only anti-Indians live there. “In Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad, people from all walks of life gave us immense love and affection.

The kids were very impressed with the modern architecture of Islamabad,” she said. For the Modern School team, playing cricket at the beautiful Atichion grounds was very special as it is here that the likes of Imran Khan, Majid Khan and Ramiz Raja played.

First Published: Feb 10, 2006 13:35 IST