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Pakistan To Release Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman As ‘Peace Gesture’

Published on 28 February, 2019 at 4:57 pm By

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his government is releasing Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on March 1 as ‘peace gesture.’ Khan made the announcement in his address to the joint session of Pakistani parliament. During his address, Khan said he is ready to have dialogue with his Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


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Abhinandan Varthaman is in Pakistan’s custody after his MiG-21 Bison got hit by Pakistanis in Pak occupied Kashmir after Pakistani Air Force jets violated Indian airspace and they were chased back.

 

 

The Pakistani PM added:

“I appeal to India and Narendra Modi not to escalate the situation further. It would not be in favour of either India or Pakistan given the kind of weapons the two countries have.”


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Earlier, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan was ready to release the pilot if it meant “de-escalation” of the current tension between the two countries.

As per media reports, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, had shown tremendous presence of mind after crash landing in PoK. As per the Pakistani media reports, after locals started running towards him, he fired in the air.

However, when he realised that he would not be able to make it to the Indian side of the LoC, he jumped into a pond to ensure that documents and maps he was carrying become useless. Reports also suggest that he even tried to swallow some of the documents.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to the news:

 

 


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The government has earlier summoned the Pakistani envoy and handed over a demarche demanding the “immediate and safe return” of the pilot. India has also objected to Pakistan’s “vulgar display” of the pilot and said Pakistan “would be well advised to ensure that no harm comes to him”.

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