After releasing IAF hero Abhinandan Varthaman, Pakistan demands Nobel Peace Prize for PM Imran Khan

Islamabad, PTI | Updated : 02 March 2019, 05:30 PM
Prime Minister Imran Khan
Prime Minister Imran Khan

A resolution was submitted in Pakistan Parliament on Saturday to endorse Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize due to his efforts to de-escalate resent tension with India. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Saturday submitted the resolution in the secretariat of National Assembly, the lower house.

The resolution stated that Khan's decision of releasing Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has de-escalated the hostility between Pakistan and India. According to the resolution, Khan acted responsibly in the current tension and "deserves the Nobel Peace Prize".

The resolution is expected to be taken up on Monday when it is scheduled to convene its session. It is also expected to be passed as the government has a majority in the House but it will be interesting to see if main opposition parties support the move. 

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced in Parliament on Thursday that Varthaman would be released on Friday as a "peace gesture".

Tensions between the two countries escalated after Indian fighters bombed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp near Balakot deep inside Pakistan early Tuesday. It came 12 days after then Jaish claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir, killing 40 soldiers.

First Published: Saturday, March 02, 2019 05:29 PM
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