I am not worthy of Nobel Peace Prize but has a candidate in mind: Pak PM

KARACHI: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that he is not worthy of Nobel Peace Prize but suggested who could be conferred with the honour.

Addressing calls by his countrymen on social media and in his government to award him a Nobel Peace Prize for “de-escalating” tensions with India, the cricketer-turned-politician said,

“I am not worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. The person worthy of this would be the one who solves the Kashmir dispute according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people and paves the way for peace and human development in the subcontinent,” he tweeted.

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Supporters and officials of Khan’s administration started lobbying for a Nobel Peace Prize for him following his announcement to release Indian Air Force (IAF) officer Wing Commander Abhinandan who was captured by Pakistan on February 27 after his MiG-21 crashed inside Pakistani territory. He was released on March 1.

Soon after the Indian pilot was handed over to the Indian authorities, the hashtag “#NobelPeacePrizeForImranKhan” started trending in Pakistan on Twitter “for his peace efforts and dialogues in the Asian region on diverse conflicts”.

Until Sunday, over 300,000 people had signed online petitions seeking the Nobel for Khan.

Pakistan Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary submitted a motion in Pakistan’s National Assembly Secretariat, seeking the Nobel Peace Prize for the prime minister.

With agency inputs