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The relationship between Pakistan and India is one of extreme complexity and has always been a huge point of debate in the sub-continent. Friendship, since partition, has remained a myth and rivalry has always run rampant.
However, a recent incident that went viral all over the sub-continent and in many other parts of the world, may have started a trend that changes the way people think about India-Pakistan relations.
This is the story of Prabhdeep Singh and his Uber driver Ahmed, who together, have showcased how similar the people of India and Pakistan and their emotions are.
Prabhdeep Singh took to Twitter after he visited Pakistan, sharing the absolutely beautiful experience he had in Lahore. Prabhdeep had booked an Uber to Wagha Border and his driver was a local guy named Ahmed. After his ride, this is what Prabhdeep shared on Twitter.
I have taken Uber in 5 continents but my best Uber experience was earlier this week in Pakistan. Ahmed dropped me to Wagah border from Lahore. Refused to take money because I am an Indian and a guest. Waited till I crossed the border. Spoke about love and brotherhood. @Uber_PKR pic.twitter.com/E0XfDvQyCW
— Prabhdeep Singh (@singhofstanplus) December 27, 2018
As per Prabhdeep, Ahmed was the best Uber driver he had traveled with, in the 5 continents he had been to. Ahmed dropped Prabhdeep to the Wagah Border in Lahore and refused to take any money from him because he was Indian. He further talked about love and brotherhood between the two nations.
The best part about the incident is that until Prabhdeep crossed the border and stepped into India, Ahmed waited for him, not leaving, just watching him. Now that is something very, very special!
This common man’s act, which was showcased to the world by Prabhdeep, has gone viral ever since! People have been making all sorts of different, but positive comments on Prabhdeep and Ahmed’s interaction. This is what they had to say!
This Indian guy was all love and prayers for Ahmed.. beautiful!
A bear hug for every Pakistani like Ahmed from India.. unabashed love & kudos!!
— Siddharth Shukla?? (@Siddharth1962) December 27, 2018
This Pakistani lady was met with a similar response when she was on a visit to Ludhiana, India
Similar exp of wonderful hospitality in ludhiana, even attended wedding at hotel we were staying as guests from pakistan. Brides gran wanted sialkot ki mitti.
— zeba raza (@tinker_bell0) December 27, 2018
This Indian blatantly pointed out that the people of both countries only longed for peace…
The problem between the two countries is purely political. If the governments can work something out, I'm pretty sure our border would be like USA and Canada. @PMOIndia @narendramodi @ImranKhanPTI
— Anand Potukuchi (@anandpotukuchi) December 27, 2018
Some Pakistanis were really happy.. that Ahmed had given them an opportunity to feel immensely proud!
Thank you Ahmed for making us feel proud
— Usman Sulehri (@UAsulehri) December 27, 2018
This man pointed out that there are more people like Ahmed around the world who hail from Pakistan!
I was in Dubai in 2015, a driver from Punjab (Pakistan) refused to take money from me as well.. he said we both are Punjabi brothers just a wall in between made by selfish politicians.
— Prince Juneja (@Prince_Chd) December 27, 2018
Ahmed’s act of kindness and his interaction with Prabhdeep is now being talked about everywhere in the sub-continent. Thanks to Uber, the relationship between Pakistan and India, of how people want it, is now being highlighted in the most positive manner. Just as Ahmed, people of both countries should act similarly whenever they encounter brothers and sisters from across either border.