Person who solves Kashmir issue will be worthy of Nobel Peace Prize: Pak PM
Islamabad, Mar 04: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said the person who solves the Kashmir issue will be worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize, days after a resolution was submitted in Parliament endorsing him for the prestigious award, citing his "efforts to de-escalate" tensions with India.
"I am not worthy of the Nobel Peace prize. The person worthy of this would be the one who solves the Kashmir dispute according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people and paves the way for peace & human development in the subcontinent," the premier tweeted.
On March 02, a resolution was submitted in Pakistan's National Assembly Secretariat stating that Khan's decision of releasing Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has de-escalated the hostility between Pakistan and India.
Pakistan’s Information minister, Fawad Chaudry, who submitted the resolution in parliament this weekend, said Khan had played a "sagacious role" in reducing tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi.
Twitter was soon abuzz with hashtags like #NobelPeaceForImranKhan after the Pakistan premier announced the release of captured Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
According to the resolution, Khan "acted responsibly" in the current tension and "deserves the Nobel Peace Prize".
After the Pulwama attack, the Indian Air Force carried out air strikes, hitting what it said was a “JeM training camp” in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26. The next day, Pakistan retaliated with its fighter jets.
Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was in one of the eight MiG-21s that took on the Pakistan Air Force jets was captured by Pakistan.
Khan during a joint session of Parliament on February 28 announced to release the IAF pilot as a "gesture of peace" and the "first step" to open negotiations with India.
Varthaman was released at the Wagah border on Friday.
Pak tweets PM’s message in Hindi as well
Islamabad, Mar 4: In an unusual move, Pakistan's ruling party on Monday tweeted in chaste Hindi Prime Minister Imran Khan's statement that the person who solves the Kashmir issue will be worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize.
"Main Nobel Shanti Puraskaar Ke Yogya Nahi Hun. Is(ka) Yogya Vyakti Vah Hoga Jo Kashmiri Logo Ki Iccha Ke Anusar Kashmir Vivaad Ka Samadhaan Karta Hai aur Upmahadweep Main Shanti aur Manav Vikash Ka Marg Prashasth Karta Hai," the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf pary tweeted quoting Khan, in an obvious move to catch the attention of Indian Twitterarti.