Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has showed his support for Prime Minister Imran Khan after the latter announced Abhinandan Varthaman would be sent to India.
The relation between India and Pakistan is at an all-time low in the wake of the dastardly terror attack on a Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) caravan earlier this month. Carried out by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, the attack had claimed the lives off 44 personnels in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. India replied soon. On February 26, 12 Mirage 2000 jets from the Indian Air Force carried out a pre-dawn strike, bombing terror camps at multiple locations across the Line of Control on the Pakistani side. According to reports more than 200 terrorists were killed in the attack.
The charged up atmosphere amid the escalating tensions made many call for an all-out war between the two countries. Amidst all this, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has advocated restraint on the delicate issue. The wicketkeeper-batsman took to Twitter to claim that Pakistan are a peace loving nation while showing his support for Imran Khan, writing:
“We are a #PeaceLoving Nation with big hearts! We stand firmly with our #PrimeMinisterImranKhan with dignity and pride “
— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) February 28, 2019
Sarfraz Ahmed’s tweet came hours after Imran Khan said the Indian Air Force pilot being held by the Pakistan army will be released on Friday. Imran Khan was speaking in the Pakistani National Assembly where he said that Pakistan do not want a war. Khan said he is willing to speak to PM Narendra Modi before stating that they are releasing the pilot as a peace gesture.
Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had fallen in the enemy territory while carrying out operations near the border area. He was brutally beaten by Pakistani villagers before being taken by soldiers in clips that have since gone viral on social media. Later, a video showed a blindfolded Abhinandan telling his name and service number. He also very calmly says that is the only information he can reveal. Pakistan later released another video, showing the officer receiving good treatment.