Pak to release captured IAF pilot tomorrow as ‘peace gesture’: Imran Khan

India-Pak tensions Live updates: India has asked Pakistan to ensure immediate release and safe return of the IAF pilot who was missing in action after he engaged with Pakistani jets that violated Indian airspace on Wednesday. Follow updates here

India has asked Pakistan to ensure immediate release and safe return of the IAF pilot who was missing in action after he engaged with Pakistani jets that violated Indian airspace on Wednesday morning.

Pakistan Army released a video that shows a blindfolded man, identifying himself as a Wing Commander-rank IAF officer and his service number. India has strongly objected to Islamabad putting out photographs and videos of the pilot.

A statement by the ministry of external affairs said the video was a “vulgar display”of an injured personnel of the Indian Air Force in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention .

Will release IAF pilot tomorrow, Imran Khan says in Parliament

Pakistan will release captured IAF pilot tomorrow as ‘peace gesture’: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tells Pakistani Parliament.

Imran Khan is ready to talk Modi over phone: Pak foreign minister

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is ready to talk to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi over telephone “to extend an invitation of peace”, foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Thursday, reported news agency IANS.

Qureshi’s comment came amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan.

OIC is not the forum for talks with Swaraj: Pakistan foreign minister

On being asked if he is open to meeting Indian EAM Sushma Swaraj on sidelines of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation(OIC) meet. Pakistan foreign minister SM Qureshi said he will not hesitate to meet but OIC is not the forum for talks with Swaraj, reported news agency ANI quoting Pakistan’s Geo News.

Pakistan must first take concrete and specific anti-terror steps: Govt

Pakistan must first take concrete and specific anti-terror steps, reported news agency PTI citing govt sources on talks with Pakistan PM Imran Khan.

Have not asked for consular access to IAF pilot: Govt

The government, which has not asked for consular access to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, rejected any deal on the IAF pilot, news agency PTI reported quoting sources.

“IAF pilot has to be repatriated unconditionally and immediately, there is no question of any deal,” PTI quoted government sources as saying.

The government sources said, “India is waiting for immediate, credible and verifiable action against terrorists and their proxies.”

IAF pilot has to be repatriated immediately, no question of any deal: Govt

IAF pilot has to be repatriated unconditionally and immediately, there is no question of any deal, reported news agency PTI quoting government sources.

Trump hints at de-escalation between India and Pakistan as US mediates

United States President Donald Trump said on Thursday there would be some “reasonably decent news” on the ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan, a day after the two nuclear powers both downed enemy jets and Pakistan captured an Indian pilot, reported news agency Reuters.

The US, China and other world powers have urged restraint from the two nations as tensions escalate following tit-for-tat airstrikes in the wake of a suicide car bombing that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir on February 14.

Source: Hindustan Times

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