Prime Minister Imran Khan tried to contact his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi thrice but received no positive response, Express News reported on Friday.
The prime minister wanted to apprise Modi about his decision to release the captured Indian pilot and reached out three times on Thursday but received no response.
Later, during a joint Parliament session, the premier announced Pakistan will release the captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan, “as a peace gesture” to India.
PM throws ball in Modi's court
According to Express News, a message was sent to the Prime Minister House in New Delhi for a telephonic conversation between the leaders, but failed to garner a response.
During his speech in the Parliament, the prime minister reiterated that Pakistan desired peace and stability in the region as it was essential for the government’s efforts to pull the people out of poverty and attract investment and revealed that he tried to reach out to Modi for the sake of peace in the region.
Pakistan to hand over captured IAF pilot to Indian authorities at Wagah Border
“Tension is not in the interest of both the countries,” he said. “I tried to talk to Prime Minister Modi yesterday…” the PM added.
However, the prime minister maintained that Pakistan’s efforts for de-escalation should not be considered as it weakness. “It should not be taken as a wrong signal.”
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