New Delhi: Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, now in Pakistan’s custody, would be released today. IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan Army, will be handed over to a team of Indian Air Force officials today. Pakistan officials likely to handed over IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to a team of Indian Air Force officials at Wagha Border post.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced in the joint session of Pakistan national assembly that the Indian pilot captured by Pakistan Air Force on Wednesday will be released on Friday as a “peace gesture”. The announcement was greeted by thumping of desks by Pakistani lawmakers.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan is willing to consider returning the captured IAF pilot if it leads to “de-escalation” of tensions with India.
Pakistan detained Wing Commander Varthaman following a fierce engagement between air forces of the two sides along the Line of Control when his MiG 21 fighter jet was downed.