India and Pakistan: 'We are like a divorced couple'

"To the world, most of the time, we are siblings; constantly at loggerheads, trying to get into daddy's good books so that he may buy us a toy, or take us for a drive, or better yet, increase our allowance. Other times, we are like a divorced couple, sharing space, constantly bickering over who lost out in the settlement, unable to finally come to terms with the fact that we are no longer together."

In a lengthy Facebook post, that has been shared more than 4,000 times, Islamabad-based Alizay Jaffer shared her thoughts about the complex relationship between her home country of Pakistan and India. Relations between the two countries, which historically have been tense, have deteriorated again this month.

"When I think about some of my best days and nights in the last 10 years, more than 50% of them were spent with my brothers and sisters from across the border," Jaffer wrote in a post that was shared on the same day India said it carried out "surgical strikes" on Pakistan. The Pakistani army dismissed Indian claims, saying it was an "illusion" India was trying to feed its media. The strike was in retaliation to a militant attack at an Indian army cantonment in Uri, Indian-administered Kashmir.

Jaffer wrote that the 18 September attack, which was described as "despicable" and "cowardly" by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will in the long term be perhaps be remembered as unremarkable.

"In 20 years' time, Uri will be just another event in the text books. It will be labelled as yet another period in our collective histories when our 'cold war' with India almost turned into 'hot war'. It will be just another opportunity for me to pick on my Indian friends or vice versa."

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