27th March – IndvsAusT20, somewhere in Pakistan
Suzy and Shaina are best friends. They are studying at Shaina’s house. Shaina is very excited about IndvsAus T20 tonight.
“But don’t you hate India?”, asks Suzy.
“No silly. Dad says to hate India only when they are playing against us. But when there is a common enemy we should all stand as one. Do you hate me because I am a Muslim?”
Suzy gets up and hugs Shaina. “You are my best friend! How can I hate you?!”
“Will you watch the match with me?”, Shaina asks.
“Yes!”, she exclaims and they run out to play in the park.
Standing in the doorway, Shaina’s dad smiles and wishes for time to stop, he wishes that the little girls never grow up.
He doesn't know it yet but his wish is going to come true. Shaina and Suzy from Pakistan will not get to see India win tonight, they will not get to see Virat Kohli play tonight. They will be among the 65 killed when blasts rip apart the Gulshan-e-Iqbal park.
#Lahoreblasts - Death sees no religion, just like bombs.