Pakistani citizens are demanding a Nobel Peace Prize for the country's Prime Minister Imran Khan for releasing captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot as a "gesture of peace".
Fresh local media reports indicate that Pakistan information minister Fawad Choudhry on Saturday submitted a motion in the National Assembly Secretariat, calling for a Noble Peace Prize for Imran Khan.
Information Minister @fawadchaudhry submits resolution in @NAofPakistan Secretariat demanding that PM @ImranKhanPTI be given #NobelPeacePrize for his contribution towards #peace in region https://t.co/VmMgKPgCtC#NobelPeacePrizeForImranKhan, @PTIofficial
Radio Pakistan (@RadioPakistan) March 2, 2019
Citizens from Pakistan have not only filed an online petition--with almost 2,00,000 signatures--with their demand but also bombarded Twitter with the hashtag #NobelPeacePrizeForImranKhan.
Muhammad Asif Khan (@Asifkt) March 1, 2019
Many Pakistanis are of the view that IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's release was an act of gesture by Pakistan. They also added that the release of the IAF pilot helped de-escalate rising tensions between the two nations.
There are thousands of fresh tweets from Pakistanis, who have demanded a Nobel Peace Prize for the cricketer-turned-politician for his efforts to restore peace with India.
Rana Mujahid Ali (@alnoorgfx) March 2, 2019
Lets all click on the link below and sign this lovely petition to get our brave @ImranKhanPTI the #NobelPeacePrizeForImranKhan once done plz share thank u. Pakistan Zindabad ????https://t.co/ShtUtTVGQF
Subz Q (@Subz101) March 2, 2019
Sign this petition, everyone please, we are almost there. Let's all promote peace & #SayNoToWar regardless of our nationality or any political affiliations. Humanity first. ??https://t.co/L8BKxH8smQ#NobelPeacePrizeForImranKhan ??? pic.twitter.com/Gj303wjf4B
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However, Some Pakistanis slammed the demand and called it "delusional" as the country is currently suffering from several economic and administrative issues.
It is delusional to demand a Nobel prize for Imran khan at the moment when Thousands of Pashtuns are still gone missing under his nose.I will be on the front in signing up a petition demanding nobel prize for IK when he will resolve internal strifes.
Sohail Khan Mandokhail (@SuhailMandukhel) March 1, 2019
Unhappy over the development, Indians also slammed the demand and pointed out that the conflict was initially started due to the Pulwama terror attack, which claimed the lives of at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force paramilitary troopers.
Even though Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack, no action was taken by Pakistan against the terror group. It still continues to demand evidence from India to "prove" claims about JeM and its chief Masood Azhar.
Just 12 days after the attack on Pulwama, Indian Air Force bombed a Jaish training camp in Pakistan's Balakot region.
In response, Pakistani Air Force (PAF) intruded Indian airspace but their attack was foiled by the Indian Air Force which quickly scrambled jets to push them behind the Line of Control (LoC). However, IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's Mig 21 Bison was shot down and he was captured.
While the IAF pilot was released just a day after being captured, Pakistan had failed to honour some crucial provisions of the Geneva Convention, thus weakening the peace process between the two nations.
Though Pakistan claimed that it released the IAF pilot as an "act of gesture", pressure from the international community played a huge role in the de-escalation process.