No mediators needed to resolve Pak-India conflict: Indian ambassador to Russian Federation

Pakistan claims it shot down 2 Indian jets

He was expected to be debriefed by the IAF on his detention in Pakistan, which is yet to take place.

While the government tried to keep a relatively tight lid on the actual handover at the border on Friday, Indians enthusiastically celebrated their Air Force pilot's release online, with the #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan hashtag spreading fast across social media.

Indian paramilitary officers salute during the wreath laying ceremony of two slain paramilitary troopers at the Central Reserve Police Force headquarters in Srinagar on March 2, 2019, following a gunfight at Babagund village of Handwara in Kashmir's Kupwara district.

On Wednesday, two Pakistani F-16 infiltrated the Indian airspace and tried to target Indian military establishments near the LOC in Kashmir.

Amid mounting outrage, the IAF carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting what it said was a JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on 26 February.

Global powers, including China and the United States, have urged restraint to prevent another conflict between the neighbors who have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947. Pakistan says it will free a captured Indian pilot this Friday.

He added that Pakistani troops were "befittingly" responding to the Indian shelling.

Amid rising tensions between the two countries, accusations have been kicked back and forth.

His capture had become the centrepiece of hostilities between the arch-rivals since a suicide bombing in Kashmir last month killed 40 Indian paramilitaries.

In a sign of improvement in ties, Pakistan's minister for railways, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, told reporters Saturday that the Samjhauta Express train service linking the Pakistani city of Lahore with the Indian border town of Atari would resume on Monday. Since all aid and support has already been stopped, no further action may be taken, barring the fact that they may speak against Pakistan in global forums, B K Pandey also adds.

Tensions escalated rapidly following a suicide vehicle bombing on February 14 that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

He said that India was still bombing at Azad Jammu and Kashmir across the Line of Control by violating ceasefire agreement.

While the exact details of the restrictions were discussed in a closed-door session, and thus remains classified, Miller then broadly outlined some of the restrictions, which he said were over a "dozen new and unprecedented elements" of the security plan for Pakistan. Both sides claim all of the divided territory.

Lockheed Martin India said it "has made no such comments".

India's foreign ministry later issued a statement demanding the release of its fighter pilot and condemning the images, describing them as a "vulgar display of an injured personnel". The pilot was whisked away in a convoy by Indian officials away from the public glare.

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