Pakistan to Release Captured Indian Pilot as 'Peace Gesture' Today
Pakistan will release caught Indian air force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman today as a motion of peace towards New Delhi and a de-escalation for the sake of regional peace. 

The move was declared Thursday by Prime Minister Imran Khan at a joint session of Parliament, multi day after Pakistan shot down two Indian aircraft that had gone too far of Control (LoC) and caught Wing Commander Abhinandan. 

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi prior today affirmed Wing Commander Abhinandan will be given back to Indian authorities at the Wahgah border crossing on Friday. 

“As the prime minister has said, as a peace gesture and to de-escalate matters, the Indian pilot will be released. So today, this afternoon, he will be released at Wagah,” Qureshi said in a joint session of parliament Friday. 

The Wagah crossing entryway is renowned for facilitating a detailed every day service by Indian and Pakistani troopers at nightfall. A large number of individuals had effectively assembled on the Indian side early Friday to respect the pilot home, an AFP columnist said. 

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj prior remarked that “India does not wish to see further escalation of the situation”. Executive Narendra Modi is yet to make an open remark.

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