WATCH: Pakistan & India Independence Days
Qatar Living wishes the happiest of independence days to the Pakistani and Indian communities in Qatar, marked on the 14th and 15th of August, respectively.
To commemorate these two very special days we offer a look back at a story of our own.
This is a narrative that mirrors the friendship and camaraderie that can exist between two individuals, and by extension, two nations.
The fact that the final chapter of this story unfolds at a wall painting of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is no accident.
We picked this particular location to represent Qatar as a safe middle ground for two neighboring nationalities (that have had their share of differences) to come together.
Qatar is known for its diverse populace and cosmopolitan atmosphere. It also happens to be home to about 650,000 Indians, and 125,000 Pakistanis, which is almost a whopping thirty percent of its total population.
The history of India and Pakistan, and indeed of the subcontinent, is rich and deeply entwined.
Independence for both countries was hard won and hard fought, and not, by any stretch, are all of the stories that surround the creation of these two nations pleasant.
Yet we hoped to highlight just how similar India and Pakistan are, in spite of their differences, whether it’s the food, the attire, or just simple routine. We aimed to show and celebrate both the similarity and contrast between the two.
At a time when Qatar was isolated and alienated from its closest neighbors, who were once dear friends, the communities along with several others of different nationalities, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, joined hands together as one united community with nothing but love, concern, and solidarity for the country they call home.
Happy Independence Days, India and Pakistan!
Thank you for your unwavering support for His Highness The Emir, his people, and his country!
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Pakistanis will support Qatar through and through during its current political crises. I just wish and pray the current political crises gets resolved in an amicable manner and countries in the region once again enjoy the friendship, understanding and brotherly relations that had been existing for so many years. However, I felt somewhat saddened when Pakistan's name was omitted in the name of countries that have been given the privilege of getting visas on arrival at the airport. Possibly, the next list may include Pakistan. Yes. Qatar is a lovely place where the people of both India and Pakistan live in total harmony, friendship, cooperation and understanding.
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