Given Pakistan’s splendid isolation, and Indian and international pressure on Pakistan, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on February 28, in making a virtue out of necessity, announced the release of IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was taken captive by the Pakistani army.
This announcement by Pakistan PM was made under the rules of Geneva convention which protects the rights of Prisoner of Wars (PoW). However, he presented it as ‘Gesture of Peace’.
As soon as this news came in, some usual suspects and peaceniks from India showered not only praises but also declared Imran Khan as a ‘statesman’ who outplayed Indian Prime Minister.
But this PR done for Imran Khan and Pakistan did not last even for a single day.
Pakistani establishment continuing their PSYOP (Psychological Operations) to appease their domestic audience and reached another low. They perhaps forced Wing Commander Abhinandan to record a video. They released it with heavy cuts, editing and chopping, saying things that give Pakistani terror sponsor establishment side a chance to claim a sort of victory. They made the Indian pilot praise the Pakistani army as well as criticise the Indian media.
This is not only a gross violation of Geneva convention, but also an extremely low level propaganda on the part of Pakistani army and leadership.
However, here are those who jumped to thank Imran Khan, call him a statesman and shower him with praises. Their praises certainly did not hold even for a single day.
Saba Naqvi and Krishan Partap Singh
Sadanand Dhume quoted by Barkha Dutt
Well, the heavily edited video of Wing Commander shows the character of Imran Khan, Pakistani establishment and Army.
So, one is forced to ask if those who were proclaiming a PR victory for the Pakistani side were forced by their antipathy for the Indian Prime Minister?