New Delhi: ‘Nobel Peace For Imran Khan’, days after this trend picked up post the Pakistan Prime Minister announcing release of Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, Khan today said he’s not worthy.
Wing Commander Abhinandan, who returned to India on Friday, March 1, was captured by the Pakistan Army after he airdropped in PoK, following an intense dogfight with a Pakistan aircraft that violated Indian airspace.
He was then released by the Pakistan government after spending 60 hours in captivity.
While India maintained that the Pakistan government released their pilot due to constraints imposed under the Geneva Convention, Islamabad called it a ‘peace gesture’ against a bellicose New Delhi.
Following his announcement to release Wng Cmdr Abhinandan, Imran Khan then urged PM Modi to hold peace talks with him. “In our desire for peace, I announce that tomorrow (Friday), and as a first step to open negotiations, Pakistan will be releasing the Indian Air Force officer in our custody,” he said in the parliament.
Prior to his statement, India had lodged a strong protest and demanded immediate release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. New Delhi had also conveyed strong objection to Pakistan’s “vulgar display” of an injured personnel in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a statement had said, ‘It was made clear that Pakistan would be well advised to ensure no harm comes to the Indian defence personnel in its custody. India also expects his immediate and safe return.”