A renowned US newspaper has included the name of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on its “starting list” of the world’s leaders to win the Nobel Peace Prize of this year.

The US-based newspaper cited Imran Khan’s leadership skills in de-escalating the recent tension between the two neighboring countries Pakistan and India, as a key reason behind him deserving this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

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The newspaper further added, “Perhaps the biggest surprise in peaceful leadership—and the most critical to the world—is the Prime Minster of Pakistan Imran Khan.”

“After the Pulwama attack on February 14 in the Indian Occupied Kashmir that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers, India launched its first airstrike inside the Pakistan since a 1971 war. The two nuclear-capable countries were primed for all-out conflict,” the newspaper noted.

However, the Prime Minster Khan offered peace talks to the government of India to cool down the hostility and returned the captured Indian Air Force pilot, Abhinandan, as a peace gesture.

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