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Captured IAF pilot released to de-escalate tensions with India, Said Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD: A captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot, shot down in a dogfight with Pakistani aircraft, was handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah border on Friday in a peace gesture aimed at aimed at de-escalating tensions with India.


Dr Fariha Bugti, Director Indian Affairs at the Pakistan Foreign Office, was also present on the occasion.


According to a foreign office spokesperson, Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan after his MiG-21 was shot down in a dogfight over Kashmir on Wednesday.


Pakistan s Foreign Office spokesperson said that the pilot was “treated with dignity and in line with international law.” He further said that his release was “aimed at de-escalating rising tensions with India”.

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