New Delhi, February 28th, 2019
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that as a ‘peace gesture’ the country will release the captured IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.
A day after IAF Wing Commander was captured by the Pakistani Army, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday said it is willing to consider returning the Indian pilot if it means de-escalation of the situation between the countries.
“Pakistan is willing to consider returning the Indian pilot if it means de-escalation of ties between the two countries,” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told Geo News on Thursday.
Qureshi further informed that Prime Minister Imran Khan is ready to hold a telephonic conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the prevailing situation and give a message to India that Pakistan is a responsible nation.
“These tensions are not going to benefit either India nor Pakistan,” said Imran Khan in the Parliament on Thursday.
Indian officials said Pakistani jets had violated the Line of Control (LoC) and dropped bombs in Jammu and Kashmir on February 27th, 2019, while Islamabad claimed its jets had struck across the LoC from “Pakistani airspace”, and that it had shot down two Indian jets.
It may be mentioned that tensions are high between the neighbours following the ghastly February 14th, 2019 attack, wherein a Jaish-e-Mohammed operative attacked a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Awantipora in Pulwama district, leading to the death of 44 CRPF personnel.