Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto asks Imran Khan-government to release captured Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman

Fatima Bhutto said Pakistan's recent history was bloody and no one has suffered more violence than its own citizens. 'But our long history with military dictatorships and experience of terrorism and uncertainty means that my generation of Pakistanis have no tolerance, no appetite, for jingoism or war,' she said

Press Trust of India February 28, 2019 15:08:45 IST
Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto asks Imran Khan-government to release captured Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman
  • Fatima Bhutto said Pakistan's recent history was bloody and no one has suffered more violence than its own citizens

  • Bhutto said like her, a large section of the population was against the escalation of tensions

  • Tensions between India and Pakistan rose following the 14 February terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district

Washington: Author Fatima Bhutto, the grand daughter of former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, on Wednesday asked the Imran Khan government to release an Indian Air Force pilot captured after an air combat.

Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was captured on Wednesday after he ejected safely from his MiG 21 Bison aircraft but landed across the Line of Control.

Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto asks Imran Khangovernment to release captured Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman

Fatima Bhutto, Pakistani writer and niece of slain former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.Reuters

India has demanded immediate and safe return of the Wing Commander Varthaman, who was taken into custody by Pakistani army following a fierce engagement between air forces of the two sides along the Line of Control.

"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," Bhutto, 36, wrote in an op-ed in the New York Times.

"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," said Bhutto, a writer who is also niece of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

"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," said daughter of Murtaza Bhutto, son of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

She said Pakistan's recent history was bloody and no one has suffered more violence than its own citizens. "But our long history with military dictatorships and experience of terrorism and uncertainty means that my generation of Pakistanis have no tolerance, no appetite, for jingoism or war," she said.

Bhutto said like her, a large section of the population was against the escalation of tensions.

"I have never seen my country at peace with its neighbour. But never before have I seen a war played out between two nuclear-armed states with Twitter accounts," Bhutto said.

In the afternoon on Wednesday, #saynotowar hashtag began to trend in Pakistan, before hitting the worldwide number 1 spot on Twitter.

Tensions between India and Pakistan rose following the 14 February terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Following the incident, India bombed and destroyed JeM's biggest training camp in Balakot in Pakistan's restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, about 80-km from the Line of Control (LoC) early Tuesday, killing a "very large number" of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders.

On Wednesday, Pakistan claimed it shot down two Indian fighter jets over Pakistani air space and arrested the pilot.

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