Pakistan frees captured Indian pilot in 'gesture of peace'

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On Thursday, Pakistan Prime Minister told the Pakistan National Assembly that Wing Commander Abhinandan will be released on Friday as a 'peace gesture and as a first step to open negotiations.' Pakistan's move to release the IAF pilot followed massive pressure from the global community including the US, UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that the IAF pilot would be released on Friday as a "gesture of peace".

"Welcome Home! The entire Nation is proud of Wing Commander Abhinandan", posted Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh soon after the pilot - wearing a blue blazer and grey pants - joined officials on the Indian side.

Pakistani officials handed over Varthaman to Indian officials, including from the IAF, at the Attari-Wagah Border late Friday. Going forward, Indian officials said they would strike targets including those inside Pakistan territory if officials receive intelligence of attacks being planned.

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Pakistan detained the Indian Air Force pilot on Wednesday following a fierce engagement between air forces of the two sides along the Line of Control when his MiG 21 fighter jet was downed.

Also Friday, Pakistan's top diplomat said he was skipping a meeting of foreign ministers from the world's leading Islamic organization in the United Arab Emirates to protest the host's decision to invite India, a non-member. Pakistan's military spokesman Asif Ghafoor, in turn, denied that the air force had lost a jet.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal acknowledged his country received a "dossier" from India about the February 14 attack.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthamanhas been shown on TV, looking bruised and confused.

Pakistan suspends all incoming and outgoing local and global flights
It said two flights, WY324 KHI MCT and EK601 KHI DXB, departed after the partial restoration of flight operations. "North East & North Western airspace remains closed until further notice".

Activists of Indian National Congress demand a safe return of the air force Pilot Abhinandan Vardaman. "(Prime Minister Narendra) Modi will teach them a lesson", one man at Wagah told Indian television.

The agency said in a statement that all domestic and global flights would resume to and from the cities of Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta.

On Friday, Pakistan re-opened its airspace partially to allow travel to four major cities. The closures snarled air traffic. Having attempted to evade capture, he is being portrayed as a hero in India. More than 200 people had fled to a military organized camp about 20 kilometres away from the border.

The hashtag calls for an anti-war campaign spread by users of the micro-blogging platform from both Pakistan and India, as the tension between the two countries rises after an aerial engagement on Wednesday morning. The two countries have fought three wars and went to the brink of a fourth in 2002 after a militant attack on India's Parliament.

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Varthaman, seen wearing an Indian Air Force uniform, says the Pakistani military was "professional" in treating him.

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