Captured Indian pilot will be released by Islamabad on Friday 'as a peace gesture' - but Pakistani mobs and New Delhi politicians demand MORE military action | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Captured Indian pilot will be released by Islamabad on Friday 'as a peace gesture' - but Pakistani mobs and New Delhi politicians demand MORE military action

Pakistan will release a captured Indian pilot in a 'peace gesture' to defuse tensions between the nuclear-armed nations over Kashmir, Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced.

Abhinandan Varthaman's capture by Pakistani forces - after his plane was shot down yesterday - sparked a fresh crisis over the Himalayan province and prompted pleas from world leaders to step back from the brink of war.

Khan announced he would be freed tomorrow despite a rally in Pakistan today where protesters waved their country's flag and told their military: 'Move forward, the nation is with you'.

Some Indian politicians have also called for more aggression including 'secret missions' to target suspected terrorists in Pakistan.

The tension, which was raised by an Indian airstrike on Tuesday, reached its highest point in almost 50 years yesterday as both countries claimed to have shot down warplanes and Pakistan paraded the captured pilot.

Last night both sides exchanged gunfire in Kashmir and jet fighters roared overhead through the mountainous region as villagers along the so-called Line of Control fled to safety, and small arms fire and shelling continued into Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm hoping (and yes, praying) that the two sides here can manage to come back from the brink of war; unfortunately, if you look at images attached to the story, you see people, from both Pakistan and India, who believe that war will really, significantly, change things here, in a positive, tangible way, when it will not.

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