Shake hands, settle conflict through dialogue, Malala urges for peace between India, Pakistan

LONDON – World’s youngest Nobel laureate and activist Malala Yousafzai has joined the ranks of many prominent personalities globally to call for a truce between India and Pakistan, amid escalating tensions between the two countries.

“I ask the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to show true leadership in this difficult time: to sit down, shake hands and settle the current conflict and long-standing issue of Kashmir through dialogue,” she tweeted on Wednesday (February 27) with the hashtag #SayNoToWar.

Malala said that she was alarmed by the escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan as well as concerned for the people living on both sides of the border.

Malala also called upon the international community for support “and to help prevent loss of lives and homes”.

“Citizens of both countries know that true enemies are terrorism, poverty, illiteracy and health crisis – not each other,” Malala said.

Twelve days after the Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF jawans, on February 26, the Indian Air Force crossed the LoC and launched a 1,000 kg bomb on alleged Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps in Balakot.

Jaish-e-Mohammed had claimed responsibility of the earlier terror attack.

The Indian government called the air strikes a preemptive non-military airstrike’.

Pakistan government called it an act of aggression’ and retaliated by capturing an Indian Air Force pilot on February 27.