Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said his government will release Indian Air Force pilot tomorrow as peace gesture. Khan made the announcement in his address to the joint session of Pakistani parliament.
During his address in the joint session of Pakistani parliament, Khan said he is ready to have dialogue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said, “I tried to speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as I want to de-escalate prevailing tension between the two countries.”
“I appeal to India and Narendra Modi not to escalate the situation further. It would not be in favour of either India or Pakistan given the kind of weapons the two countries have,” said Khan. He defended violation of Indian airspace by Pakistan Air Force saying the country was forced to “retaliate” following action by India.
Imran Khan’s announcement is a welcome move but he had to return wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman under Geneva Convention. This move of Imran khan will also put pressure on India’s government to de-escalate the tension on Borders.
This announcement from Pak PM Imran Khan comes just before joint press conference of Air Force and Army.
This move of Imran khan could also be seen as face saving exercise, US Govt ordered Pakistan to show restraint and asked to take action against terrorist groups.