On Wednesday, the grand-daughter of former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, author Fatima Bhutto has asked the Prime Minister Imran Khan government to release an Indian Air Force pilot, got captured after air combat.
The pilot of Indian Air Force was detained yesterday after he safely ejected from his MiG 21 Bison aircraft but landed across LoC (Line of Control).
India has asked for “immediate and safe return” of the pilot, who was put into custody by the Pakistani Army, following a fierce meet between air forces of two sides along the Line of Control.
36-years-old Fatima Bhutto wrote in an open in the New York Times that “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.”
Ms. Bhutto continued that “we have spent a lifetime at war. I do not want to see Pakistani soldiers die. I do not want to see Indian soldiers die. We cannot be a subcontinent of orphans.”
“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,” added the daughter of Murtaza Bhutto, who is the son of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
She further said that “but 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.”
Ms. Bhutto said that like her a large section of the population was against the growth of tensions.
She also said that “I have never seen my country at peace with its neighbor. But never before have I seen a war played out between two nuclear-armed states with Twitter accounts.”
On Wednesday, in the afternoon on Twitter, #saynotowar hashtag began to trend in Pakistan, before hitting the worldwide number 1 spot.
Tensions between Pakistan and India have been running high since February 14’s Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 CRPF jawans have lost their lives. Pak-based JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammed) terror outfit claimed responsibility for the deadly terror strike.
Following the terror attack, India had destroyed JeM’s biggest terrorist training camps in Pakistan’s Balakot, located 80 km away from LoC, killing a “very large number” of trainers, terrorists, and senior commanders.
On Wednesday, Pakistan has claimed its shot down of two Indian fighter jets on Pak air space and detained an Indian Air Force pilot.