Source: India Today
Since the conception of the two -nation theory India and Pakistan has pretty much always been contemplating war.
There however always been people who stood against the war on both sides, but this time it just seems like that India only has war on their minds and all they know is calling for war and bloodshed as if it is the only solution.
India has been bloodthirsty lately there probably have no clue how much it is going to cost both the states, but seems like India has lost their rational side or maybe they are being a bit too overconfident.
War always brings misery and it is never the solution. A war is never about who won, but it is always about who is left and it is never a pretty sight. If India keeps fanning a nuclear war, billions of people would die and that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Wars never bring anything good; it is always about death and destruction.
Common people realize that in the end all the consequences of the war would be faced by the common people; the misery, the poverty, the deaths. India just doesn’t seem to realize how much it is actually going to cost; billions and billions of lives, more hatred, poverty, destruction everywhere.
Young people and peace activists have been coming out on the streets raising slogan on how they do not want war and how they are so against it. Even PM, Imran Khan decided to set free Abhinandan Abhinandan, a wing-commander in the Indian Air Force.
Source: The Pioneer
Release of Abhinandan was supposed to be a sign of peace and a declaration that Pakistan doesn’t want war but peace. This decision of Imran Khan increased the number of his fans but some of the people criticized him on releasing him this soon, because Indian media made him a hero instead of taking his return as a peace symbol.
On 27 February 2019, Abhinandan was flying a MiG-21 as a part of a sortie that was scrambled to intercept an intrusion by Pakistan aircraft into Jammu and Kashmir. In the dogfight that ensued, he crossed into Pakistan territory where he was struck by a missile.
Abhinandan ejected and descended safely in the village of Horran in Azad Kashmir, approximately 7 km from the Line of Control.
It was claimed by local villagers that could be identified as an Indian pilot by the Indian flag on his parachute. Upon landing, Abhinandan asked the villagers if he was in India, to which a young boy replied in the affirmative.
Abhinandan reportedly followed up with pro-India slogans and asked for water while informing the locals of a back injury. The locals responded with pro-Pakistan slogans, after which Abhinandan began to run while firing warning shots.
He ran for approximately 500 metres, to a small pond, where he attempted to sink and swallow some of his documents. Subsequently, he was captured and manhandled by the villagers before being rescued by the Pakistan Army.
The following day, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that an Indian pilot was missing in action after a MiG-21 Bison fighter plane was lost while engaging with Pakistani jets.
A statement released by the IAF also said that prior to his MiG's crashing, he had managed to shoot down a PAF Lockheed Martin F-16. Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations Director General refuted the later claims and asserted that F-16s were not used at all.
On 28 February 2019, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan announced at a joint sitting of the Parliament of Pakistan that the government had decided to release Abhinandan the next day as a "gesture of peace".
A petition was filed before the Islamabad High Court seeking an injunction to stop his release but was dismissed by the court the same day.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan said that his government announced the release of the IAF Wing Commander out of a desire for peace and there was no compulsion or pressure on Pakistan; as was implied by the Indian media.
Abhinandan crossed the India-Pakistan border at Wagah on 1 March 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the release of Abhinandan at a political rally, asserting that the nation was proud of him. Hours before his release, a fresh video was released to the Pakistani media which showed Abhinandan praising the Pakistani army while criticizing the Indian media.
The video appeared to be heavily edited and the IAF later claimed that the video was shot under duress.
A medical check-up upon his return located multiple bruises and a fractured rib but no 'significant injuries'. Abhinandan said that the Pakistani authorities did not physically torture him but subjected him to considerable "mental harassment".
Akhil Bharatiya Digambar Jain Mahasamiti has announced that he will be awarded the ‘Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar’ on April 17, on Mahavir Jayanthi.
Source: Times of India
Abhinandan's moustache has become trendy in India. It is a combination of a classic gunslinger moustache and mutton chop beard. It is now widely called the "Abhinandan-cut" in India.
Source: Deccan Herald
Since the release of Abhinandan isn’t exactly taken as a peace sign as PM Imran Khan intended it to be, India still is hungry for war and everything and everybody in Pakistan has been on a red alert.
This is time India starts talking sense and realizes how much destruction a war would bring especially when the opponent is a nuclear power.
War is never the solution; do you think war is the only means to achieve the peace? Let us know in the comments below.