Prime Minister Imran Khan has made a significant, welcoming move by announcing to release IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman tomorrow, 1st March, as a peace gesture.
“As a peace gesture we are releasing the Indian pilot tomorrow” – PM Imran Khan announced in the session.
He made this announcement one day after Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down two IAF (Indian Air Force) fighter jets for violating Pakistani air space and arrested Commander Abhinandan. Even after the move from India’s side, Imran Khan started his address by acknowledging the pain of families of Pulwama victims and again made an offer to talk and cooperate. To further strengthen the peace process and show moral diplomatic superiority, Khan announced to release the captured pilot to further make our stance evident.
With this move, Khan has made it evident that Pakistan stands with peace and narrative is clear. Khan also added that Pakistan’s efforts to de-escalate the tensions should not be seen as a weakness. We have seen what war brings in the past ten years an know the implications. We don’t want innocent lives to be lost to this date on both sides of the border. Imran Khan also said that despite the media narrative, Indian people are pro-peace and don’t support the war mongering.
”I want to tell this august house, Pakistan desires peace. Pakistan intends to work for poverty alleviation, investment, and job creation. We do not intend war. In our desire of peace, I announce that tomorrow, and as a first step to open negotiations, Pakistan will be releasing the Indian Air Force officer in our custody” – he said.
The gesture is being seen as a massive step forward and has garnered appreciation from inside and outside Pakistan.
@ImranKhanPTI Every noble act makes a way for itself… your goodwill gesture is ‘a cup of joy’ for a billion people, a nation rejoices…
I am overjoyed for his parents and loved ones.
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) February 28, 2019
Can we take Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize away and give it to Imran Khan?
— Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) February 28, 2019
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 28, 2019
— ☬ kulveer singh ☬ (@GrewalKulveer) February 28, 2019
Very very Good news 🙏 pic.twitter.com/P5eO9aJB6k
— Dinesh India (@DineshIndia8) February 28, 2019
Yes we're on our knees praying to God for peace as well as the resolve to stand a full scale war. The past 17 yrs of battling terrorism & losing precious lives not only gave us strength but also empathy telling us to prioritize peace. We don't need false claims to boast our egos pic.twitter.com/tlYguJOaFe
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) February 28, 2019
As a unilateral gesture of peace,PM imran Khan announces to release the Indian pilot in Pakistani custody. Let this be the first step towards de-escalation
— Kashif Abbasi (@Kashifabbasiary) February 28, 2019
BIG MAN SMOL MEN
ROCK SHOCK pic.twitter.com/mnNbebYDgR
— Syeda Trimzi (@TrimiziiiSyeDaa) February 28, 2019
— meera chopra (@MeerraChopra) February 28, 2019
Tea, not War ☕️ 😊
– PM Imran Khan 🇵🇰
— Sanam Baloch (@SanamBalochfans) February 28, 2019
Govt caught completely unawares by Pak PM Imran Khan's 'Peace Gesture' of releasing Wing Commander #AbhinandanVartaman. PM Modi busy at an award function. Armed forces reschedule press conference. No one with any honesty can spin this in govt's favour. #WelcomeBackAbhinandan
— Aditya Menon (@AdityaMenon22) February 28, 2019
@ImranKhanPTI I, a Kargil war martyr’s daughter, want to appreciate the grace and mindfulness in your statement – https://t.co/GeOhPD2mZX . This makes me believe that we’ll see our man Wing Commander #Abhinandan with us soon sir, thank you.
— diksha (@dikshadwivedi) February 27, 2019
Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman will be released tomorrow, says Pakistan PM Imran Khan.
As a goodwill gesture, India should handover General Bakshi and Arnab Goswami to them in return. Now that would be a true masterstroke by Modiji!#WelcomeBackAbhinandan
— Sankar Das (@mallucomrade) February 28, 2019
— Vijayawada City (@BZAUpdates) February 28, 2019
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