Published: Fri, March 01, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Pakistan to release captured Indian pilot as 'peace gesture'

Pakistan to release captured Indian pilot as 'peace gesture'

"We encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and avoid escalation at any cost", Pompeo had said.

In this image taken from video released by Pakistan's military, showing what they claim to be an Indian pilot who was captured after his plane was shot down by Pakistan's Air Force in the country's part of Kashmir.

Despite Pakistan's announcement that it would return the captured Indian pilot, India remains on a "heightened" state of alert, according to Indian army Major General Surendra Singh Mahal.

"The potential risks associated with further military action by either side are unacceptably high for both countries, their neighbours, and the worldwide community", said a White House National Security Council told Bloomberg.

India struck targets in Pakistan on Tuesday after a militant attack on its security forces earlier this month that it blamed on its neighbour.

To prove its version and the presence of F-16s, the IAF showed parts of an AIM-120C5 AMRAAM air-to-air missile, which is carried only on the Pakistani F-16s, recovered east of Rajouri within the Indian territory.

It isn't just that China shares a border with the contested region of Kashmir - Beijing also has important links with both Pakistan and India that it needs to balance. On Tuesday, India launched an airstrike within Pakistan, hitting what it said was a training camp used by Jaish-e-Muhammad, the terrorist group responsible for a February 14 attack that killed 40 Indian paramilitary officers.

Flights to and from London, Munich, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Vienna, Stockholm, Zurich, Copenhagen, Oslo, Frankfurt, and Rome had been scheduled to fly over Pakistani airspace on Thursday, Thai Airways said in a statement.

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It was a flower design, made on her right hand to celebrate her pregnancy, as per a Moroccan tradition. They were greeted by the British Ambassador and his wife at Casablanca airport.

But Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not commented on the encounter or the capture of India's pilot, nor has he described how India intends to respond.

He added that he spoke to his Pakistan counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi over the heightened tensions between India and Pakistan, underlining that Germany is "very concerned about the current state of affairs". "The region will prosper if there is peace and stability".

Ever since the Partition of British India in 1947, Pakistan and India have been archrivals.

India's army said Pakistani soldiers were targeting almost two dozen Indian forward points with mortar and gunfire.

Behind him were arrayed the photos of the 40 officers killed in the February 14 attack.

While the world waits with bated breath over the current rising action in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir regions of India and Pakistan, Malaysia's foreign offices have issued warnings for all of the country's citizens to leave the region with immediate effect.

At the same time, he said the lack of US condemnation of India's strike on Pakistan was "construed and understood as an endorsement of the Indian position, and that is what emboldened them even more". The most recent episode, sparked by an attack on Indian paramilitary police by a Pakistan-based militant group, has left dozens dead.

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