New Delhi, Oct 6 (UNI) They are not simply fashion models from Pakistan, they are messengers of peace.
''Mein dil se duaa karti hoon ki dono mulk ek ho jayen (I pray from my heart that India and Pakistan end their border dispute and become one),'' says Mehreen Syed, who is here along with Nadia Hussain to take part in a fashion event for Bridal Asia.
She feels the dispute between the two countries is neither for religion nor for land.
''Naa yeh mazhab ki ladai hai, aur naa hi zameen ki. Yeh toh sirf ek dil ka vaham hai,'' says Mehreen, this year's 'Face of Pakistan'.
How can it be a religious dispute, she reasons, when there are more Muslims in India than in Pakistan.
She says the people of both countries want peace, and it is for the two governments to sort things out.
''There is no difference between India and Pakistan.... Every thing is the same, be it culture or langauge,'' Mehreen told UNI.
''Jab dono mulk ek ho jayenge, to duniya bhar mein ek bahut majboot taagat ban jayenge (When we unite, we will become a very powerful force in the world),'' she avers.
The 2005 Miss Pakistan, who has come on the invitation of Bridal Asia's organiser Divya Gurwara, walked the ramp for some of India's leading designers last night along with Nadia.
''It was Divya who called me to say that something has to be done for the Indo-Pak peace,'' she says.
''And it felt like I have come to my own home. Everybody here has given me so much love,'' says the 24-year-old model from across the border.
As a peace initiative, she suggests that the two governments should support fashion weeks in each others country.
There could be a joint fashion week as there is a lot of talent on either side, she says.
She, however, hastens to add that the two countries are getting closer on the cultural front with the release of first Pakistani film in India, 'Khuda ke liya', and the screening of Indian film 'Taj Mahal' in Pakistan theatres.
Mahreen herself will be doing a movie, a yet-to-be titled one by Sanjay Chauhan, director of 'Lahore', in which she will play the role of a Rajasthani village girl.
On the fashion scene in her country, Mehreen says there is no dearth of talent. What is lacking is finance.
Her compatriot, Nadia, agrees.
''There are not regular fashion shows in Pakistan. The country's first fashion week was held this August,'' points out the 30-year-old model, a mother of two.
Asked about the differences in the fashion world of India and Pakistan, she says the models here are more daring.
''In Pakistan, the models cannot expose skin,'' says Nadia, who has never worn plunging necklines, exposed her waist or shown skin.
Mehreen's dream is to see a borderless India, Pakistan.
''Dono mulk mil jayen, aur phir kabhi juda na honh,'' she says.
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