An overwhelmed Sam Pitroda thanked Pakistan PM Imran Khan for his gesture and has promised him to ship a vessel loaded with ripe tomatoes from Chicago
Islamabad: A few days after a chorus was instigated in Pakistan, to demand the Nobel Peace Prize for Prime Minister Qamar Javed Bajwa... oops... Imran Khan, which even included some Indian voices, the former has now nominated Indian Overseas Congress leader Sam Pitroda for the coveted award. The Prime Minister has appealed to all those who nominated him, to voice their support for Pitroda.
"I don't think even anyone from our side for the border has echoed our government's stand so eloquently,” Khan said.
The former cricketing champion stated, in a rather spliced video, “If there's one thing I admit to our defeat to India, with absolutely no hesitation whatsoever, it's in voicing for peace and dialogue with us. Indians like Sam convey the message in words we can't even dream of putting together. I've said it before and I'll say it again - I'm not worthy of the Nobel, but if there's one man who is more than worthy right now, it's Sam bhai. So all of you who wanted to nominate me, I appeal to you - please go ahead and nominate him. Inshallah, he should win this time! Even otherwise, we're seriously pondering over awarding him the Nishan-e-Pakistan!"
Another spliced video, which was released half an hour later, had the PTI leader demanding another Nobel, this time for Chinese President Xi Jinping.
An overwhelmed Pitroda thanked Imran Khan for his gesture and has promised him to ship a vessel loaded with ripe tomatoes from Chicago. While the Indian government is yet to react, the Pakistan PM's new gesture has stirred up a wave of swooning and appreciation from many sections of the Indian media and the opposition.
"As it is, he deserves one for what he did earlier. Now, for demanding a Nobel for one of our countrymen, he deserves another. I now wish that Sam Pitroda gets one and Imran gets two!" exclaimed Indian Reunification Association president Justice Markandey Katju.
The former Press Council chairman also added, "Just imagine if that happens and reunification follows, our country will have three more Nobel prizes! Even the Nobels for Katrina Kaif and Shazia Ilmi can wait. Imran and Sam have to be given theirs first.”
Former AAP leader, The Ashutosh, stood out as a rather lone contrarian voice. "Why the Noble has to be given to the Sham Pitroda?!", the SatyaHindi editor tweeted.
While major public figures in Pakistan have agreed to the PM's proposal, there have been some voices of dissent. "We're absolutely not against Pitroda getting the Nobel, but we feel that such a huge honour should be conferred on Mani Shankar Aiyar first. Pitroda is not even a shadow on him!" exclaimed General Pervez Musharraf.
Likewise, a similar opinion was stated by Jama'at-ud-Da'wah (JuD) chief and wanted terrorist Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who vehemently asserted that the first recipient of the award should be none other than journalist Barkha Dutt.
There has been no official reaction from the BJP too, so far. However, sources say that the party leadership has advised caution on the issue.
"We might well have a Nobel Laureate among us when Sam Pitroda joins the BJP someday!" Congress... oops... BJP leader Tom Vadakkan is supposed to have said.
Disclaimer: The above article is a work of satire
Last Updated 25, Mar 2019, 6:31 PM IST