The Hush Post | 12:31| Two-minute read
Former Pak prime minister late Benazir Bhutto’s niece author Fatima Bhutto has asked the Pakistan Government to release Indian Air Force’s Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
According to New York Times, the 36-year-old author said, “I and many other young Pakistanis have called upon our country to release the captured Indian pilot as a gesture of our commitment to peace, humanity and dignity.”
The grand-daughter of former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, added, “We have spent a life time at war. I do not want to see Pakistani soldiers die. I do not want to see Indian soldiers die. We can’t be a subcontinent of orphans.”
The niece of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto further said, “My generation of Pakistanis, have fought for the right to speak, and we are not afraid to lend our voices to that most righteous cause: peace,”
The daughter of Murtaza Bhutto, son of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Fatima said, “Our long history with military dictatorships and experience of terrorism and uncertainty means that my generation of Pakistanis, has no tolerance, no appetite, for jingoism or war.”
Just like Fatima, a large section of the population in Pakistan has echoed the sentiment of not escalating tensions between the two neighbours.
The Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured on Wednesday after he ejected safely from his MiG 21 Bison aircraft but landed across the Line of Control.
India has demanded immediate and safe return of the pilot who was taken into custody by Pakistani army following a fierce engagement between the air forces of the two sides along the Line of Control.
Tensions between India and Pakistan have been running high since February 14 terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district in which 44 CRPF soldiers were killed.