Islamabad, February 28 : Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced to release Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman on Friday as a peace gesture.
The pilot was captured by Pakistani forces after his jet was downed on Thursday.
The prime minister was giving a policy statement at a joint sitting of both houses of parliament convened to discuss situation that has emerged after Indian intrusion of Pakistan’s airspace .
After being elected the prime minister, Lhan had earlier said that he would take two steps forward if India took one step towards peace.
The reason behind his statement, he had said, was poverty in both Pakistan and India.
Khan once again raised the question what his country was supposed to gain from Pulwama attack which India blamed on Pakistan.
“India started blaming Pakistan within half an hour after Pulwama attack,” he said.
“After Indian aircraft violated airspace, Pakistan waited to ascertain the damages instead of reacting immediately”, he said
Khan said Pakistan showed responsibility despite knowing people’s sentiment after India violated Pakistan’s airspace.
The prime minister acted against India and made sure there was no collateral damage.
“We took action just to show our capability”.
He said on Wednesday that he tried to contact his Indian counterpart after the incident.
He said Indian people should think what made a youngster to become a suicide bomber in Kashmir, referring to a suicide attack in Pulwama that killed over 40 Indian troops.
“There is a need for retrospection in India,” he said. “There is need for debate in India on Kashmir”.
He said India seemed to blame the Pulwama attack on Islamic radicalization which was not true.
The Pakistani leader said India should analyze the phenomenon because it had nothing to do with Islamic radicalization.
He said the suicide attacks are results of desperation and humiliation, citing example form Sri Lanka where Tamil Tigers carried out several suicide bombings .
The prime minister said if India takes action against Pakistan after any future incident in Kashmir, Islamabad will have no option but to retaliate .
“Tension neither benefits Pakistan nor India,” he said.
He said Pakistan Army was ready to respond on Thursday expecting a missile attack from India.
He said Pakistan and India should not even think of a war with kinds of weapons they have in their possession.
Sources revealed that the pilot would be handed over to India at Wagah border.