Improvement in Indo-Pak relationships has been on the incumbent government’s priority list. While significant steps have been taken to numb this centuries-old rivalry (including the groundbreaking Kartarpur corridor), we must not ignore the smaller gestures that have a big impact as well. The relationship has cost both the countries a lot. According to a report, the rivalry between India and Pakistan costs $35 billion annually.
The report suggests that the trade between the two largest economies of South Asia can grow from $2.1 billion to $36.9 billion if they decide to set aside the differences and open barriers to trade.
A small yet powerful gesture by PM Imran Khan has made waves across the internet, winning hearts on both sides of the border. On Indian cricket team’s historic win against Australia on Monday, Khan not only appreciated the performance but also congratulated the team captain Virat Kohli.
India’s cricket team, after a brilliant performance, secured victory in the four-Test series. Having first toured in 1947-48, this is the first time in 71 years that India won a series in Australia. On this historic win, captain Virat Kohli said that he is confident it will serve as a stepping stone for further games.
“I see this series as a stepping stone for this team to inspire the next lot of Test cricketers” – he said speaking to media.
Imran Khan took to Twitter to appreciate the performance and congratulated the team.
”Congratulations to Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team for the first ever win by a subcontinent team in a test series in Australia” – he wrote.
Congratulations to Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team for the first ever win by a subcontinent team in a test series in Australia
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 8, 2019
The twitter community also celebrated the gesture and called it positive. Here is what they had to say:
Good gesture. And hope being a top clas #cricketer you will take notice of @TheRealPCB and the unprofessional way #Pakistan #Cricket Team is being managed as well apparent from embarrassing defeats in #PakVsSA and #PakvsNZ recent series.
— Raza Haroon (@mrazaharoon) January 8, 2019
Thank you khan sahab. We might have political differences but when it comes to cricket, you are one of the all time best cricketing brains, your opinion and your wishes matters a lot. Thanks again.
— Ravi (@rajinder_ravi) January 8, 2019
Thank you khan saab for your kind words….🙏🙏🙏🙏 we are overwhelming….😇💞 more and more love from India 💞💝💓💐💐
— Nivedita Rai निवेदिता राय نیویدیتا رائے (@NiveditaRai14) January 8, 2019
Imran Khan is a living example of not giving up no matter how much you're against him. pic.twitter.com/vAV9Zj7x89
— Staunch Pakistani 🇵🇰 (@StaunchInsafian) January 8, 2019
A graceful gesture to say the least, may we witness something new and peaceful in the Subcontinent
— Davinder Deep Singh ਦਵਿੰਦਰ ਦੀਪ ਸਿੰਘ (@Davinderdeep) January 8, 2019
Thank you Sir, for your kind gesture. I wish you all the luck in putting your country to the path of glory.. regards
— Manish Joshi (@ManishJoshi4u) January 8, 2019
خان صاحب ڈپلومیسی میں دنیا کی بڑی طاقتوں کو تگنی کا ناچ نچا دیا ہے۔ جیتے رہو کمال ڈپلومیسی ہے زبردست۔
— PTI Follow Team (@PTI_Follow_Team) January 8, 2019
Big man occupying Big Office… ❤️
— Raees Ahmed (@raeeskashmir_) January 8, 2019
عمران خان صاحب آپ ایک نیک دل انسان ہیں آپ لوگوں کے جذبات کو سمجھتے ہیں آپ کی جگہ کوئی اور ہوتا تو کبهی بھی انڈیا کی ٹیم کو مبارک باد نہ دیتا
— Sara Jabeen🇵🇰 (@Official__Sara) January 8, 2019
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