Singers from India and Pakistan have come together to celebrate their nations’ independence with a moving mash up of their national anthems.
Pakistan is celebrating its 70th Independence day on Monday, with India following suit with its own celebrations on Tuesday, to commemorate the landmark anniversary of their separation.
The nations have been known to share a tense relationship, but singers from each country have united to create the ‘VOR Peace Anthem’, which features stars from each country singing their national anthem.
The song hopes to encourage tolerance between the two nations and was published by the group Voice of Ram (VOR).
Since the pro-peace group posted the video, it has been shared more than 11,000 times and racked up nearly half a million views on Facebook .
Social media users from both Pakistan and India have praised the group for the song and sentiment behind it.
The song begins with the words “when we open our borders to art, peace comes along”.
The tune features Indian anthem Jana Gana Mana, and Pakistan’s Pāk Sarzamīn with artists performing from various locations.
The video ends with the words “let’s stand together for peace”.
This is not the first musical gesture of peace from VOD, with the group previously posting another video featuring an Indian acapella group singing Pakistan’s national anthem.
Ram Subramanian, the filmmaker and activist who heads up Voice of Ram, told Indian site Catch News he made the videos “because a lot of people are afraid to speak about peace, and it’s an illogical fear”.
There has been increased violence in regions along the boundary dividing contested Kashmir, a state in Northern India.
Numerous casualties have resulted from the upsurge in tension, and peacemakers on both sides have been lambasted by nationalists, who say they are betraying their countries’ dead solders.
Mr Subramanian said of the videos: “To me, these videos mean a new beginning, another small step towards peace.”