Former Indian SC judge backs move to award Nobel Peace Prize for Pakistani PM Imran Khan

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Former Indian SC judge backs move to award Nobel Peace Prize for Pakistani PM Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD - A former judge of India’s Supreme Court said on Tuesday that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan deserves Nobel Peace Prize for his statesman-like approach in the face of heightened tensions between Pakistan and India.

“Pakistan and India are poor countries, who cannot afford a war,” Justice (retd) Markandey Katju said, while speaking to anchorperson, Hamid Mir, on Geo News show ‘Capital Talk’.

He said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was creating an atmosphere of war due to elections in his country.

Tensions between India and Pakistan reached an all-time high following Indian incursions into Pakistani airspace and subsequent downing of two Indian warplanes and capture of an Indian Air Force pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

PM Khan, in his address to a joint session of Parliament last week, announced to release Wing Commander Abhinandan as a “gesture of peace” towards India, earning him praise from celebrities, journalists, diplomats and the common public, who admired his brave and bold move in the favour of maintaining peace in the region and possibly avoiding an all-out war with India, the consequences of which could be disastrous.