Amid the growing tensions between India and Pakistan, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that his government will release captured Indian Air Force pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, tomorrow as a 'gesture of peace'.
Varthaman was kept in the custody of the Pakistan Army since Wednesday, after his aircraft crashed on the other side of the Line of Control, during combat between Indian and Pakistani fighter planes.
"We have an Indian pilot. As a peace gesture, we will release him tomorrow," Khan said in his address to the joint session of Pakistan Parliament.
During his speech he also said, "Yesterday I tried to call (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi to say that we don't want escalation. Our push for de-escalation doesn't mean we are afraid."
Even since the announcement was made, Twitter is being flooded with thank you messages for Imran Khan.
@ImranKhanPTI you have again demonstrated a player attitude. Great job sir Ji. You will remain as hero.— Netaji (@AritraAmi) February 28, 2019 February 28, 2019 February 28, 2019 February 28, 2019
Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan after an engagement with Indian forces on February 27, will be released by Islamabad on March 1, Prime Minister Imran Khan has confirmed. Welcom home brother we are waiting #Abhinandan pic.twitter.com/KGcJViGkv5— Romil Squad (David Osehal) (@DavidOsehal) February 28, 2019
Pakistan PM Imran Khan finally announces the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman by tomorrow. Pakistan finally listens to the voice of millions of Indians.What a great news! #WelcomeBackAbhinandan!#AbhinandanVartaman pic.twitter.com/RyIWLbzjje
Not just India, but people from Pakistan too are reacting to their PM's peace gesture and thanking him for releasing Varthaman.February 28, 2019 February 28, 2019 February 28, 2019
and that by no means is One Country's victory over the other. It is a peace gesture.
Great step indeed
long live humanity
#WelcomeBackAbhinandan @ImranKhanPTI Comes up with good decision on releasing abinadan on peace gesture and also ready to support pulwama attack investigation if india shows evidence @narendramodi Consider pak peace gesture and start peace negotiation to short out issues..— sheik abdullah (@sheik_king) February 28, 2019 February 28, 2019
These reactions and the hashtag #SayNoToWar that people have flooded the social media with, proves that people in both countries stand united for peace and are against war and the common enemy- terrorism.