U.S. welcomes Pakistan's decision to release captured Indian pilot

Jeannie Matthews
March 2, 2019

Pakistan - which denies any involvement in the 14 February attack - said it had no choice but to retaliate to the Indian raids with air strikes on Wednesday.

India welcomed Pakistan's decision to release its pilot despite the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan failing to say whether the release was conditional. He did not elaborate.

His return is a goodwill gesture from Pakistan aimed to de-escalate rising tensions with India. "The region will prosper if there is peace and stability".

The closure of Pakistan's airspace has disrupted not just the country's own air transport but also flights worldwide as airlines were forced to cancel or reroute flights to other destinations that pass over Pakistan. We all are so proud of Abhinandan and what he has done for the country.

Residents of the Pakistani border town of Chikhoti reported heavy shelling overnight and Friday morning.

The Himalayan region has been divided between India and Pakistan since independence in 1947. They have fought three wars, two directly over the disputed region. A Captain of Pakistan Army also came and rescued me. Moscow and New Delhi have long enjoyed close ties that were demonstrated by India's recent purchase of S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems in defiance of Washington's sanctions, while Beijing has invested heavily in Islamabad, now seeing it as a vital node in the global One Belt, One Road initiative.

In India, an official from Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata party predicted the exchange of airstrikes with Pakistan would help his party win more seats in parliamentary elections expected this spring.

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"Our defence forces are serving gallantly at the border", he told tens of thousands gathered across the country to listen to him in a videoconference from New Delhi.

According to the Indian Air Force, in the same clash another MiG-21 shot down Pakistan's F-16 of USA manufacture.

The post is referring to the fact that, according to Indian media reports, Indian fighter jets dropped bombs on terrorist training camps in Pakistan at 3:30am local time.

In his latest video message, he said Pakistan Army's officers rescued him from mob, when he ejected from his plane.

Qureshi said he would not attend a meeting of foreign ministers from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Abu Dhabi this weekend, because his Indian counterpart had been invited to the event.

India wants a firm commitment from Pakistan when it comes to flushing out militants on its soil - today the Pakistani foreign minister told the BBC he would act on this.

Airports in North India were shut for hours before restrictions were lifted, authorities said. It wasn't clear when he recorded this statement, but it was clearly while he was in the custody of the Pakistan military.

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