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Copy of the letter from Mr Alay Murtaza Naqvi, Principal, Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karachi, Pakistan, received along with the letters of the school’s students
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Young Voices for Peace…

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Selected extracts from letters of students of Agha Khan Higher Secondary School, Karachi, Pakistan  replying to the letters of students of City Montessori School, Lucknow, India

Sweet Priya, Hi! How's life'? I am glad to receive a friendly letter from you; and I hope to have a very unique bond of friendship onwards. We all are here for a spell. One philosopher says that God has created each one of us with one wing and said that you people are capable of flying. Do you know how? How to fly with a single wing? I have a solution for it. We can fly. just by embracing each other. I believe that the same is the case with nations and countries. Pakistan and India being a neigbouring rather two nations of the same conditions more or else can better prove themselves to be "the lost wing" of each other. Fighting I believe, is only a cowarding escape from the problems of peace. And the way to in a quarrel is to make it certain that it never starts. Both INDO-PAK are liberal states and the frice of freedom is always a great responsibility. I appreciate your club and its goals and wished that the initiative would be ours. But no matter how it started but it has started; Started to be accomplished. Being an immature citizen I couldn't do anything in this prospect but your idea of correspondence make it as "I CAN, I WILL". We have the power to make ours the best generation of mankind in the history of PAK-INDO relations and we're going to make as the first step has been taken.

Sameen Sadaf-XII
Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karachi, Pakistan
replying to the letter of 
Priya Srivastava XII-7 of City Montessori School, Mahanagar Branch

Dear Amar, Hi! How's life? I am happy to receive a friendship offer from you; and hope to have an everlasting bond from now till eternity. I love making and holding friendship bonds. You see blessings of God are with every living and non-living things. We can see, feel and experience the nature for it. Nature commands mankind to love all creatures and most of all to love eve1)1hing that has life. Love and life are on earth. But where are again standing? Just for instance, observe our INDO-PAK relations. We are again and again proving ourselves as enemies but working for is the most Possible target on earth. It's never late to ammend. Just let us stop, think, plan and achieve the goal!

Sameen Sadaf-XII
Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karachi, Pakistan
replying to the letter of 
Qamar Zehera Riza XII-7 of City Montessori School, 
Mahanagar (NB) Branch

Well I totally agree with your views and believe that we being the younger generation should take a step forward and bring about a difference. We should finish, put a hault to all unfriendly relations between our countries and take a new start. We should be practical and determined and should grow up as those who not only believe in peace and love but also teach our young to be practical, just and friendly. We already have a link between us through our cultures, traditions, habits and history, we just need to strengthen it and make it a bridge through which we can walk easily with the message of peace and love, because we are after all the future of our nations. I hope to hear from you soon and pray that the effort of the '"Indo- Pak Children' s Pen Friends Club" succeeds.

Maaheen Ashraf
Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karachi, Pakistan
replying to the letter of 
Kiriti Saxena XII-4 of City Montessori School, Mahanagar Branch

Dear Vivek, it feels good to know that someone has taken a step forward to extend this beautiful message of peace and friendship. Hope this struggles continues.
Dear Vivek in my opinion our generation has all the power that is required for a drastic Improvement between the relations of our country. We just need a lot of determination an trust. As it is said: Nothing great can ever be achieved without great men and men are great only if they are determined to be so"

Maaheen Ashraf-XII
Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karachi, Pakistan
replying to the letter of 
Vivek Tripathi XII-7 of City Montessori School, Mahanagar (NB) Branch

In the last paragraph you have said very well that we should demolish the wall of hate and rebuild bonds of love and friendship. I appreciate this a lot and that's why I want to be your pen pal. But to extend our friendship we shouldn't discuss anything about the political issues of our states. Hope you'll understand that.

Zubaria Aizaz
Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karachi, Pakistan
replying to the letter of 
Gaurav Soni XII-4 of City Montessori School, Mahanagar (NB) Branch

I am really pleased to receive your letter and am delighted to take part in this endeavour to unite the two great nations of the sub-continent. I think the "Aao Dosti Karein" program is a wonderful effort towards creating awareness amongst the youngsters of both the countries and for them to understand just how important it is to restore conflicts by the means of peace and promote a sense of brotherhood amongst all.
I hope you found my letter interesting and informative and that it gave you exposure to what a typical Pakistani teenage girl is like. In the end I'd just like to say that Pakistan and India are two great nations and if united we can be more powerful than any super-power of this world. So It is the responsibility of each and every individual to raise awareness amongst all and abolish indeed the very stubborn and humiliating conflicts and disagreements between the two nations by promoting peace. I hope our pen-friendship will increase with time and we'll understand each other better.

Sarag Siddiqui - XII
Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karachi, Pakistan
replying to the letter of 
Saurabh XII-7 of City Montessori School, Mahanagar Branch

I congratulate and admire you for your step taken towards a better relationship between the two nations and heartily accept it. War brings nothing except enmity and hostility two things which we can do without very well. I hope that this letter will help in bringing our two nations closer. A friendly environment between our two nations can do wonders for peace. Being a Pakistani. I pray for friendly relations and prosperity for both our countries. Well, about my culture. it is a South Asian Culture, which obviously is the same as yours. There are many beautiful structures of Mughal Architecture in Pakistan just as there are in India. Hope you will tell me more about yourself and your city. My knowledge about Lucknow is very limited and all I know is that it has a rich culture and history full of Nawabs and great manners. I would love to know more. I'll sign off here now with a wish and prayer that our friendship prospers and with a resolution that we won't make the same mistakes as our ancestors. Take good care of yourself and reply soon.

Saral Pervez - XII
Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karachi, Pakistan
replying to the letter of
Chinmay Mishra, XII-7, CMS Mahanagar Branch

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