Pakistan’s famed artist Haider Ali painted an Indian truck on Saturday in an effort to spread the message of peace and friendship.
The artist was in Amritsar at the invitation of his Indian friend Aman who owns a restaurant ‘Sarhad’. Ali said he used Pakistani colours to paint the Indian truck to propagate peace between the two neighbours.
Interacting with media persons here, Ali, who is on a ten-day visit to India, said, “I wanted to exhibit my art here in India, our neighbouring country, that I love the most. Today I got the opportunity and I am very happy to use my art on the Indian truck.”
He said the truck painting was the perfect gift to his Indian friend on the eve of Eid.
“I should be with my family in Pakistan on Eid. But I am not feeling away from home as India looks like home to me,” said Ali, whose father Mohammad Sardar too was a painter by profession and hailed from Jalandhar.
His paintings include the depiction of women making Lassi, birds that are found both in India and Pakistan, and traditional art forms, showcasing traditional Punjabi lifestyle.
It takes three members of a team to paint a small truck while a big truck takes about 15 days to paint, depending on the work, says Ali.
Singling out unemployment as the common problem faced by India and Pakistan, the Karachi-based artist suggested promotion of truck painting to offer employment opportunities to people.
Ali, who has given several lectures on truck art in various universities around the world, expressed the desire to educate Indian students and professionals who want to learn truck art.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2012.
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This is a very nice gesture by a talented artist.
I genuinely feel majority of Pakistanis want good relations with India, only the Govt of Pakistan and the Mullahs dont want it
we want to talk to real Pakistanis like You ...hip hip hurray
@antanu g: And for how long will u pretend to be an Indian???
C'mon,entire ET knows you're not...Come out of the closet....Are you scared to reveal your nationality in your country's newspaper???
We dont want any peace or war with u people plz live and let us live peacefully :) indians dont board sunk ships :)
How does it improve vehicle average or performance . Do something new brother...
Thanks you brother. And Mr. Indian looking for bad nest on ET. Bad Luck! ..Best //.p
What? How is this possible?! This can't be!
Excellent. Exactly the kind of efforts we should all make. For peace, for harmony!
I want a truck !! Eid Mubarak everyone !!
Art for peace Ali well done.I love you and your work for love in this tiny world.
Mr.A;i all pakistani should proud on you.
god bless you my friend
Goou thinking Mr,Ali all pakistani should proud on you.
God bless you my friend
Thanks a lot for the wonderful gift. Eid mubarak to all my Pakistani brothers and sisters :-)
Well done brother, please keep up the good work, we need to build bridges to bring both nations close to each other.