Pakistani man's message of support to Gurmehar Kaur goes viral

Published: March 3, 2017
Calling himself Kaur's brother from the "dushman desh" he says he is surrounded by thousands like her. PHOTO: SCREEN GRAB

Calling himself Kaur's brother from the "dushman desh" he says he is surrounded by thousands like her. PHOTO: SCREEN GRAB

The past few days have been difficult for Gurmehar Kaur, a student of Delhi Univesity. The 20-year-old triggered a controversy after she criticised Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) students’ union over its role in campus violence. This was followed by a video post which show her holding a placard which read, “Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him.”

Following the video, Kaur received threats from the public and was accused of being brainwashed by political figures. Amid the threats, she had to leave Delhi as she feared for her safety.

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One of her supporter is Fayaz Khan, a Pakistani national who currently lives in Australia. He uploaded a video of similar format on YouTube. Khan, who hails from Swat, states that he has “seen war and death very closely in my home” and sympathises with Kaur.

Calling himself Kaur’s brother from the “dushman desh” (enemy nation), Khan says he is “surrounded by thousands of Gurmehar Kaur”. He vows to fight the restrictions between the two neighbouring states through understanding and education. Peaceful conditions between the two countries will mean no one else would have to suffer the loss of losing a loved one through war.

Kaur also received support from India. Hundreds of students from several colleges in New Delhi took to the streets to protest against the threats and recent campus violence, amid an on-going debate on nationalism and the fear of muzzling freedom of speech.

The video of support can be seen here:

This story first appeared in The Quint

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Shahid
    Mar 3, 2017 - 1:50PM

    Love and respect for the brave kid! Hope both sides come to their senses. PEACE Recommend

  • Singh
    Mar 3, 2017 - 1:56PM

    What a emotional message from this young man from Australia? The words themselves speak their love between a brother & a sister. I salute you young man.Recommend

  • Irfan
    Mar 3, 2017 - 2:40PM

    A great gesture indeed. More power for the common people of both sides.Recommend

  • Javaid
    Mar 3, 2017 - 3:24PM

    Both countries should fight against poverty together, please be serious.Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed
    Mar 3, 2017 - 4:28PM

    If Pakistan and India put more efforts to bring about peace than trying to find reasons to hate and create war, whole of South Asia will be much much better for people!

    Lets solve all the issues we have and live in peace! only possible if we make peace a preference and not trying pull each others legs by playing spy games and joining alliances internationally against each other.Recommend

  • Asm
    Mar 3, 2017 - 4:29PM

    Good message. We need peace and a good life for our families not war.

    This false sense of nationalism is what destroys nations. I feel nationalism is a tool used by the elite to manipulate the masses. In the end, the common man/woman are the one who suffer the most due to useless wars.Recommend

  • Kamal Pasha
    Mar 3, 2017 - 5:36PM

    No chance at all of peace between Pakistan and India as long Modi/BJP is in power Recommend

  • Striver
    Mar 3, 2017 - 5:37PM

    How can you not give the highest respect to a soldier who puts his/her life at risk for the country. Have you missed the video made by a PK soldier offering to share his food with the Indian soldier. I wish you just listen to his words. There is a lesson in it for all of us.

    Watch it on youtube: “Pakistani Army Soldier shows his food to Indian soldiers”

    He says “only a soldier can understand another soldier !

    Dare to watch it ? Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 3, 2017 - 5:48PM

    The youth are our only hope.

    Please young people of India and Pakistan, reject hate, come together, use your creativity and idealism to find a solution to Kashmir.

    We want to welcome our Indian neighbours to Pakistan and show them our world famos hospitalty.

    How long will we let the Modis and extremists on our side spread division?

    Remember Mohamad Ali Jinnah wanted our relationship to be similar to US and Canada.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Mar 4, 2017 - 5:42AM

    Hope the Bro shows he same affection for Baloch and Ahmedis in his country.Recommend

  • bharat
    Mar 4, 2017 - 10:18AM

    @Pakistani :

    Once we close the high commissions relations can improveRecommend

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