Islamabad: Pakistan today sought Nobel Peace Prize for its Prime Minister Imran Khan a day after he released the captured Indian Air Force Pilot Abinandan as a ‘gesture of peace’. A formal resolution to this effect was even moved in the National Assembly Secretariat today.
Several Pakistani people posted on social media how Khan’s gesture helped in de-escalating the rising tension between India and Pakistan.
“Following Prime Minister Imran Khan’s goodwill gesture of releasing captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot, a resolution requesting a Nobel Peace Prize for the premier has been moved in the National Assembly Secretariat, notification released by the Ministry of Information stated,” Pakistani newspaper The Express Tribune reported today.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has moved the resolution.
Expressing the wish that their former World Cup winning captain be given the Nobel Peace Prize, citizens of Pakistan have filed an online petition. A Twitter hashtag #NobelPeacePrizeForImranKhan is also trending on the micro-blogging site.
The eulogy of Imran Khan followed amid a confession by his foreign minister that the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, the mastermind of the Pulwama attack in Kashmir that led to the escalation on the border and Indian surgical strike, is in Pakistan.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Friday in a CNN interview that Masood is in Pakistan and very unwell assuring action if India provides actionable evidence to them.
The other side of the story:
A day after the Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted surgical strike, Abhinandan was captured when his MiG-21 Bison fighter had fallen across the Line of Control in Pak-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) on Feb 27, when the Indian pilot was engaged in a dogfight with an intruding Pakistani F-16 fighter jet.
He was taken into the custody by Pakistan army.
After India refused to sit across the table with its neighbouring country, which was facing an immense international pressure since Feb 14 Pulwama attack, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced he will send Abhinandan to his own soil as a “peace gesture”.
Abhinandan finally reached India through the Wagah border at around 9 pm on Friday.
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