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Sunday, October 23, 2011

India Thanks Pakistan!

It is the rarest of rare occasions when India and Pakistan actually happen to thank each other. Whatever goodwill the game of cricket generates evaporates with the inevitable loss of one side!           

Around noon today an Indian Army helicopter started on a rescue mission in the Kargil region of Kashmir. It had to help out another helicopter that was grounded due to technical fault.

The indigenous Chetak helicopter could not land on the predestined location because of inclement weather, lost its way and strayed into Pakistan occupied Kashmir beyond the customary line of control.


The Pakistan authorities spotted it and forced it to land in their territory for airspace violation. The chopper along with the 4-member crew was taken into safe custody. Like anything between the two countries tension started building up.                                                                                                        

The Director General of Military Operations in New Delhi immediately got into touch with the Pakistani counterpart trying to convince that it was not a deliberate intrusion, but due bad weather.


Pakistan authorities accepted and released the chopper and the crew. They landed back in Kargil by 6pm. India’s Ministry of External Affairs conveyed a message of thanks to Pakistan.


We need a whole lot of such thanksgiving occasions to ease up tension between the two neighbors. 
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Meanwhile, Team India made the one day international series against England 4-0 in Mumbai today defeating the rivals by six wickets with almost ten overs to spare. England were all out for just 220 in 48.2 overs and India hauled it up easily with Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina coming strong after a precarious 46 for 3. A fitting sequel at the venue of the great World Cup-2011 triumph!


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