India and Pakistan in Wimbledon Doubles Partnership Success


London, United Kingdom- India and Pakistan are nuclear powers and  arch enemies that have fought 3 wars in the last 60 years and came close to a few more in the last few years, this everyone knows. What many people are not aware of is that the people to people contact between citizens of both countries continues to grow. One such example can be currently found on the court in Wimbledon at this year’s tournament.

India’s Prakash Amritraj and Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi paired up to play doubles together in this year’s all grass tournament in England. Both insist that they are “brothers” on and off the tennis court and that the animosity between the two countries will never threaten their doubles partnership.  The pair believes that their doubles partnership is a testament to the fact that the two countries can come together and work together and that real peace between the two countries in not impossible.

This is the first time the two paired up as a team and despite being unseeded, they managed to make it all the way to the third round of Wimbledon’s doubles game.  The failed to qualify for the quarterfinals however losing a 2 hour and 50 minute match to the veteran high seeded pair of Indian Mahesh Bhupathi and Bahamian Mark Knowles, taking the much experienced pair to the limit before bowing out of this year’s tournament Monday.

Tennis analysts stated that the pairing of Amritraj, son of Indian Tennis legend Vijay Amritraj and Qureshi , the Lahore based son of Nausheen Ihtisham, a former 10 time national women’s champion of Pakistan, is a very promising partnership and should they continue to play doubles tennis together will surely yield championships for the duo as they become more familiar with each other’s playing styles.

This partnership gives hope to hundreds of millions of people across India and Pakistan who despite sharing a common ancestry, language, history and a almost a 2,000 mile border, live in tension and hostility to each other since their independence from the United Kingdom in 1947. One hopes that this partnership is another small sign for the two neighbors to see that together they are world beaters and  at their strongest and to end years of hostility and normalize relations as only a long lasting and just peace between the two countries will allow for both nations to truly advance and achieve prosperity for its long suffering citizens.

Reported by Manzer Munir for

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