Pakistan says it will release IAF pilot Abhinandan on Friday
IAF pilot was captured on Wednesday when his plane went down on the Pakistani side
- Published 28.02.19, 4:55 PM
- Updated 28.02.19, 5:34 PM
- a min read
Pakistan has announced it will release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman from custody tomorrow as a "gesture of peace".
The announcement came from Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in a joint session of Parliament on Thursday an hour after Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Khan was ready to talk to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to de-escalate Indo-Pak tension.
Khan's announcement in the Pakistan's Parliament was greeted by desk thumping by lawmakers.
IAF fighter pilot Abhinandan Varthaman had been captured yesterday while trying to drive away a Pakistani jet that had tired to enter Indian airspace.
The Indian MiG-21 Bison that Wing Commander Abhinandan was in crashed on the Pakistani side, and he was captured.
Yesterday, a video of him praising the treatment by Pakistani forces who saved him when he was being beaten up by villagers, did the rounds.
The Pakistan foreign office said that the Indian pilot was safe and sound. "The armed forces rescued him from the mob that went after him after his plane crashed in Kashmir," the foreign office said.
India Wednesday summoned the acting high commissioner of Pakistan and demanded immediate, safe return of the pilot.