UN Secy General calls for India Pak to sustain positive momentum, after pilot’s release

As the Indian Air Force pilot was restored to India yesterday, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed the move.

He termed the move to be a positive step that needs to be sustained.

It need be mentioned that Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthman was returned from captivity in Pakistan after the announcement of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The IAF Wing Commander returned to India from Pakistan on Friday to a hero’s welcome, nearly 60 hours after he was captured following a dogfight when his MiG 21 was shot down.

“The Secretary-General calls on both parties to sustain this positive momentum and engage in further constructive dialogue. His good offices remain available should both sides agree,” Mr Dujarric said.

The IAF pilot’s release was seen as a major step towards defusing a near-war situation triggered by India’s retaliation over Pakistan’s continued support for terrorism.

Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir on February 14.

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