Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan varthaman will be released on Friday.
"In our desire for peace, I announce that tomorrow, and as a first step to open negotiations, Pakistan will be releasing the Indian Air Force officer in our custody," Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said.
India government seek to immediate and safe return of the pilot who was captured by Pakistan during an air combat. The government would not ask for consular access
During joint session in Pakistani parliament, khan said, “I tried to speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as I want to de-escalate prevailing tension between the two countries.”
"Pakistan PM has exhibited real statesmanship today. It is time for our political leadership to step up and take measures to deescalate the current situation. People of Jammu and Kashmir are living under unimaginable duress. How much longer will we suffer for?” Mehbooba Mufti on Twitter.
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“Countries are ruined because of miscalculation,” said Khan. Alleging “war hysteria” in India, Imran Khan said: “I’m afraid there might be a miscalculation. War is not a solution. If India takes any action, we will have to retaliate.”
“I am very happy, I had demanded his release earlier too. This is going to be a step towards goodwill and I hope this will be lasting”, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said.
India had been on high alert amid warnings of retaliation by Islamabad after IAF fighter jets destroyed a major terror camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot, around 80 km from the Line of Control, in a pre-dawn strike till Tuesday.