Article first published as Indo-Pak Express Recommended for Highest Pakistan Civil Award on Technorati.
Here is a laudable gesture from Pakistan government to its archrival and neighboring India. The Governor of Punjab state of Pakistan Salmaan Taseer has recommended the runner doubles team in the recently concluded US open tennis to be honored with the highest Pakistan civil award.
Amid raised tensions, this is really a welcoming proposal from a Pakistan State Government.
The people of India administered Kashmir have been on warpath against Indian Army stationing in the state and against AFSPA (Armed Forces’ Special Powers Act). More than hundred people were killed in police firing. The Indian Government is widely criticized for failing to deal with people properly.
Pakistan has rejected the aid offered by India to Pakistan flood victims, the move also condemned by the US. While appealing the world to contributions, rejecting aid from the neighboring country is truly an insult to India.
Keeping aside the political tensions the Punjab Governor announced the reward in a reception he hosted in honor of Pakistan player Qureshi. He told that his proposal was accepted by the Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari.
The Indian tennis player Rohan Boppana and Pakistan player Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi have reached finals for doubles title in the recently concluded US Open tennis tournament. The tennis duo is famously termed as “indo-Pak Express.” Qureshi created history when he became the first Pakistani to enter the final of a Grand Slam event by qualifying for the finals of the men’s double and mixed doubles in the US Open last week.