Mash up of Pakistani and Indian national anthems becomes viral hit in celebration of peace

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A new song uniting the national anthems of both India and Pakistan has gone viral on the 70th anniversary of Pakistani independence.

The two share a tense and conflict-ridden history over disputed territory Kashmir – which both states have been fighting over since the partition of India in 1947. 

But it is hoped the new song will help to spread a message of peace and tolerance between the nations.

The song has been dubbed the “peace anthem” and features singers from India and Pakistan, recording in the studio and on location around both countries.

Peace: the song features artists from both countries

It opens with the words, “When we open our borders to art, peace comes along” and ends with “let’s stand together for peace”.

It was shared by pro-peace group Voice of Ram, which is led by Filmmaker and activist Ram Subramanian.

He told Indian site Catch News that he made the videos “because a lot of people are afraid to speak about peace, and it’s an illogical fear”.

“To me, these videos mean a new beginning, another small step towards peace,” he added.

The release of the song comes after a spate of violence along the boundary dividing Kashmir which has led to multiple casualties. 

On Sunday two Indian soldiers and three opposition fighters were killed in the Indian-controlled section of Kashmir when a gun battle broke out.

The territory has been disputed since the end of British colonial rule 70 years ago. Both countries claim the territory in full.

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