Former India batsman Navjot Singh Sidhu has hailed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s announcement that will see captured Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that Pakistan would be releasing the Indian pilot tomorrow as a peace gesture.
Pakistan on Wednesday shot down two Indian aircraft when the crossed the Line on Control and captured Wing Commander Abhinandan.
The prime minister was addressing the joint session of Parliament and in a message, urged India not to escalate the situation. “Don’t take this any further, Pakistan will be forced to retaliate.”
Sources said the captured pilot will be handed over to officials of Indian High Commission at Wagah border crossing on Friday.
In his address, Prime Minister Imran Khan said efforts for de-escalation should not be considered weakness.
The premier stressed, “All issues should be resolved through dialogue. Despite us opening the Kartarpur corridor, we received no response from India.”
“When the Pulwama attack happened, we were blamed within 30 minutes,” he lamented. “I’m not saying that India has a part to play in it but I asked them to share evidence.”
Lauding the Pakistani media, the premier said, “Indian media created war hysteria. Our media showed solidarity and acted responsibly.”
The premier said, “We had understood that they [India] will do something. PM Imran explained, “The only purpose of our strike was to demonstrate our capability and will. We did not want to inflict any casualty on India as we wanted to act in a responsible manner.”
“I had said that if India does something then we will respond,” he asserted. PM Imran continued, “India violated the UN Charter.” The premier said, “India gave us a dossier today, two days after they attacked us.”
Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday commended Prime Minister Imran Khan’s decision to release captured Indian Pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
Delighted with the news, Navjot Singh Sidhu took to Twitter to hail Imran Khan for his ‘noble act’, writing:
“@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.”
@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
Navjot Singh Sidhu, meanwhile, recently faced a lot of flak for his comment on the Pulwama attack. While the whole nation iwas calling for complete boycott of Pakistan, the cricketer-turned-politician defended them.
He had said ‘terrorists do not have deen, mazhab (sect and religion)’ before stating that one couldn’t blame an entire nation for such attacks. He also called for a dialogue to find a permanent solution to end the bloodshed.