How Facebook is uniting Pakistan, India cricket fans

Published: March 16, 2016
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PHOTO: FACEBOOK

PHOTO: FACEBOOK

A Pakistan, India match is always a big deal for the citizens of these two countries but it seems even Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg could not stay immune to all the excitement.

“Something pretty interesting is happening in India and Pakistan on Facebook right now,” Zuckerberg wrote on his personal account on the social networking site.

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The social media site has introduced a feature called profile frame which people can use to show support for their favourite teams. But what’s interesting here is that fans from India and Pakistan are doing something different.

“Hundreds of thousands of Indian cricket fans are putting the Pakistani frame around their picture. And Pakistani fans are doing the same thing — showing support for India. They’re using the hashtag ‪#‎ProfilesForPeace,” Zuckerberg wrote.

The tech giant went on to say that when he had designed the profile frames feature, he wanted to help people show support for their favourite teams or a cause they believe in. “But this story shows that the more connected we are, the more we realise that what unites us is more important than what divides us,” he added.

In the face of protests by certain Indian groups bent on preventing Pakistan from playing in the ICC World T20 hosted by India, an online campaign #ProfileforPeace is attempting to unite the two countries by trying to put a halt to the politics of hate, Sportskeeda reported.

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“I am from India and I don’t hate Pakistan! Saw two Indians and two Pakistanis on my timeline who did the same, had to jump in… I hope the government of Pakistan releases the kid who flew the Indian flag at his home because he loves Indian cricket,” Ram Subramanian said.

Have a look at the photos of some of the people who have used the profile frames feature to promote peace between Pakistan and India:

Reader Comments (3)

  • Adnan
    Mar 16, 2016 - 11:53PM

    Great gesture, but can someone teach the guy in the top picture how to hold a bat? Recommend

  • aftab
    Mar 17, 2016 - 12:22PM

    @adnan,
    He is trying to reverse-sweep.Recommend

  • bharat
    Mar 17, 2016 - 1:20PM

    Hats off to the people who have shown the courage to make the move.Recommend

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