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Thursday, February 15, 2024

PM Khan congratulates nation on second anniversary of Operation Swift Resort

"We have always stood for peace and remain ready to move forward to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue," says PM Khan.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister in a series of tweets welcomed the restoration of the ceasefire along the Line of Control.

“The onus of creating an enabling environment for further progress rests with India. India must take the necessary steps to meet the long-standing demand and right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination according to UNSC resolutions,” the Prime Minister added.

Read more: India, Pakistan agree to restore ceasefire along disputed Kashmir border

The ceasefire came into effect on February 25 after the Director-General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of both nuclear-armed countries agreed to enforce it.

The premier congratulated the nation on the second anniversary of Operation Swift Resort and “India’s illegal, reckless military adventure of airstrikes against Pakistan” that resulted in the capture of an Indian Airforce pilot, Abhinandan.

Read more: Pakistan-India’s ceasefire at LoC a “positive step”: UN

“As a proud and confident nation, we responded with determined resolve at a time and place of our choosing,” Prime Minister Imran Khan added.

Lauding Pakistan’s response to the airstrike, the premier stated “We also demonstrated to the world Pakistan’s responsible behavior in the face of India’s irresponsible military brinkmanship, by returning the capture Indian pilot.”

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“We have always stood for peace and remain ready to move forward to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue.”

After India’s failed Balakot airstrike, Pakistan Air Force a day later on February 27, 2019, responded with an equal force and as a consequence, two Indian aircraft were shot down, namely, a MIG-21 and a SU-30, out of which one was found in Azad Kashmir including its pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan. The captured pilot was released on the next day.

Moreover, the aforementioned ceasefire comes after the long-standing unstable relations between the two countries, that exacerbated after the Pulwama attack in 2019. Experts opine this sudden agreement to enforce ceasefire is India’s way of focusing all its attention on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) where it is currently engaged with China.