A nation in anxiety breathed easy as now it has been clarified that the Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, captured by Pakistan on Wednesday, will be released tomorrow.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan made the announcement as a “gesture of peace” in the country’s Parliament.
It is seen as major deescalation hours after the US President Donald Trump announced in Hanoi that he is expecting a decent news from both countries.
This comes as Indian and Pakistani fighter planes engaged in dogfight yesterday while earlier itself India carried out air strikes on terror camps inside Pakistan.
India had rejected Imran Khan’s call yesterday for a dialogue.
There would be “no deal” on the Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s release and India would not ask for consular access either, top officials asserted today.
Amid soaring tension, the government last evening summoned the Pakistani envoy and handed over a demarche demanding the “immediate and safe return” of the pilot.
Wing Commander Abhinandan shot down a F-16 fighter jet of Pakistan before he was captured.