Islamabad – The government of Pakistan has just released this announcement:
Pakistan will release Indian Pilot Abhinandan tomorrow as a gesture of peace: Prime Minister Imran Khan pic.twitter.com/6aUN4S9JVb
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) February 28, 2019
This is in all probability, a wise decision, given the balance of forces and the state of Pakistan’s economy and inability to wage conventional war relative to juggernaut India.
At the same time, Indian media is jubilant over the news, and is turning this gesture of good-will into a sign that “Khan is weak”, that “Modi has brought him to his knees”.
History shows that this is an inappropriate way to handle such news, and makes it further likely that such a gesture will be rescinded, if fair credit is not given where it is due.
Breaking: IAF Wing Commander #Abhinandan to return home tomorrow!
Pak kneels before India.
This is a diplomatic Victory for us, But this is just a start, I think we shouldn’t stop till either Terror or Pakistan are purged out of existence!#WarOnTerror#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/ovMgpGj6hN
— Eshaan | ईशान 🇮🇳 (@EshaanSG) February 28, 2019