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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 18:

Two siblings from Odisha have written a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for peace bridge between to countries in order to restore harmony.

This comes as a reciprocatory gesture to 11-year-old Pakistani girl Aqeedat Naveed’s letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi where she urged Modi to becoming a bridge of peace between the two nations.

In the letter written to Sharif, the siblings – Ayush Ranjan Rout (10) and Aadyasha Priyadarshani Rout (6) – thanked Aqueedat Naveed for writing letter to Prime Minister for peace between the two neighbouring countries.

“Sister Aqeedat highlighted on the need for peace between India and Pakistan. We are also saying same thing to you to take a good step for a peace bridge between India and Pakistan. Our Hon’ble Prime Minister is taking all necessary steps for peace between the two countries,” the duo wrote.

“We request you to join hands to make a good peace bridge so that children of both countries live happily and peacefully. The governments should buy books, not bullets. Both countries should resolve that they will not buy guns, but will provide free medicines to ailing people,” the letter added.

The siblings hail from Kudanali village in Sambalpur district. While Ayush is studying in Class V, Aadyasha is in Class II at Saraswati Sishu Mandir in Chhendipada of Angul district.

“My children came to know about Aqeedat Naveed’s letter to Prime Minister through newspapers. They got inspired by the gesture and asked me to pen a letter to Modi’s Pakistani counterpart,” father of the siblings, Saroj Kumar Rout told OST over phone.

Worth mentioning that, the duo had drawn the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a letter highlighting the plights of the villagers in the absence of a bridge over a nullah. The petition was taken up and a bridge was sanctioned which will be constructed soon. Prior to that road construction is underway post which Nourani bridge will be erected, solving the longstanding demands of the villagers.