Pakistan hands captured Indian pilot back to India

A screenshot taken from the video where pilot Abhi Nandan sips tea and praises the Pakistani

The Indian government on Wednesday confirmed that when Pakistani aircraft invaded Indian airspace on Wednesday morning, the Indian Air Force jets intercepted them and in that engagement, one MiG21 jet was lost and a pilot was missing.

Earlier Friday, Indian television reported that at at least two Indian police officers and two soldiers were killed by militants in the Kupward district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, with two terrorists also said to be eliminated in the shootout. I am happy that they have taken note of this rising tension and they want to play a constructive role to deescalate.

Mr Gokhale said: "Credible intel was received that JeM was planning more suicide attacks in India".

Tens of thousands of Indian and Pakistani soldiers faced off along the Kashmir boundary known as the Line of Control, in one of the world's most volatile regions.

In New Delhi the announcement of the experienced pilot's release was seen as a diplomatic victory, but India warned that its military remained on "heightened" alert.

The Indian defence establishment was also mulling sending a special aircraft to Pakistan, the sources said.

India's Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar acknowledged the loss of a MiG-21 fighter jet and its pilot.

"We welcome the initiative of [Pakistan's] PM to release the Indian pilot". Several incidents, including the downing of air force jets from each country, has meant that it is no longer safe to be in the region. "We have come here to support him", another spectator who came to the Wagah border with his family told the ABP news channel. "He wrote to the Indian Prime Minister to let the two Foreign Minister meet on the sidelines in NY so that they can chart a way forward", he claimed. Pakistan then says it only has one Indian pilot in custody. "This is an expression of Pakistan's willingness to de-escalate", the Minister told CNN.

On Tuesday, India carried out an airstrike on this group's camp in a Kashmir area controlled by Pakistan.

However, defense analysts said that India should continue to maintain pressure on Pakistan to uproot terrorism from its soil.

World leaders weighing in on the tension included President Donald Trump, who began remarks at a news conference Thursday in Vietnam after meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by focusing on India and Pakistan.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has admitted that Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar is in Pakistan and is "very unwell", adding that Islamabad is open to "any step" that will lead to a de-escalation of tensions with India.

But India made it clear that the latest escalation has changed its strategy and that going forward, it will strike, including inside Pakistan, if they get information of an attack in the planning.

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