Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has won hearts in the battle with India.
Imran, once an aggressive and fearsome fast bowler, who captained his country to cricket World Cup victory, has once again showed his leadership skills by announcing the release of the captive Indian Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.
This is probably the fastest release of a captured soldier in the history of both the nations.
“We have decided to release the Indian pilot tomorrow (Friday) as a goodwill gesture for peace,” Imran said with parliamentarians thumping their desks at the joint session of parliament in Islamabad on Thursday.
This has never happened before in Pakistan’s democratic rule that a full house of the joint parliament session has unanimously backed a decision of their prime minister at such a crucial time of high tension between India and Pakistan. There was not even a single voice opposing his decision – neither in the parliament nor by media pundits.