SUNDAY TIMES ISLAMABAD:The leaders of parliamentary parties are currently speaking in the session as a resolution on discussing security situation was tabled in the Parliament yesterday.

Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing the joint parliamentary session on Thursday, announced to release the captured Indian pilot, Abhinandan Kumar, as a gesture of peace.

After presenting tribute to the opposition and the entire nation for standing united during the critical time, PM Khan asserted “to not misconstrue Pakistan’s desire for de-escalation as weakness.”

He again urged India not to go beyond present point of aggression as all issues should be resolved through dialogue. “Countries are ruined because of miscalculation. War is not a solution. If India takes any action, we will have to retaliate,” PM Khan vehemently said.

“The only purpose of our strike was to demonstrate our capability and will. We did not want to inflict any casualty on India as we wanted to act in a responsible manner.”

As a gesture of peace, the prime minister announced to release the captured pilot of Indian Air Force, Abhinandan.

Despite our repeated offers for dialogue on number of occasions, India never responded positively, the premier lamented while recounting his July 26 address and letter to the United Nations, asking Indian Prime Minister for peace talks.

Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif in his speech said India would have to give Kashmiris their right to self-determination, otherwise the dispute would not be resolved.

“Wars are no solution to any issue as after all you have to sit on the table in the end,” Shehbaz Sharif said while addressing the joint session of the parliament.

It was not the first time that Pakistan-India escalation had taken place, we have fought several wars earlier and wasted our resources, he said.