After the recent Pulwama attack on 14 February, there were serious tensions between neighboring countries India and Pakistan. In response India launched air-strikes on terrorist camps. As a result Pakistan retaliated by targeting India’s military installations.
As a result this led to increase in tension and a state of war was looming with every passing day. Meanwhile an Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by the Pakistani army. He stayed in Pakistan’s custody for close to 60 hours.
After that the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan released him with a ‘gesture of peace’. Soon after that the citizens of Pakistan called out for honoring Imran with Nobel Peace Prize for his actions.
However the cricketer-turned-politician believes he is not worthy of the honor. He believes that this honor belongs to that person who will successfully solve the dispute in Kashmir forever. In a tweet, Imran said:
I am not worthy of the Nobel Peace prize. The person worthy of this would be the one who solves the Kashmir dispute according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people and paves the way for peace & human development in the subcontinent.
Here is Imran Khan’s tweet:
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Will India play Pakistan in World Cup?
After the attack, there were uncertainty over the India-Pakistan match in World Cup in England. BCCI had previously clearly said that the final decision will be taken by the Indian government.
BCCI had even given ICC a letter requesting them to sever ties with the nation which harbor terrorists. However ICC has recently stated that their concern is only towards cricket. As a result they have distanced themselves from the Indo-Pak political turmoil.
ICC CEO David Richardson said, “As you would expect for a global sporting event, the ICC, in partnership with the ECB has a robust security plan in place for the Men’s Cricket World Cup. We work closely with the authorities in our host countries to ensure that the safety of players, officials and fans is a priority.”