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Pak to release Indian Pilot on Friday as a “Peace Gesture”

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If India gives priority to peace, Pakistan is ready for peace.

Islamabad – Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that as a peace gesture they would be releasing Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan on Friday.

Earlier today, the Indian Government sources had said Abhinandan had to be repatriated unconditionally and immediately and there was no question of any deal.

The statement of the government came in response to the reported offer of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The announcement during a joint session of Parliament came barely an hour after Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Prime Minister Khan is ready to talk to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to de-escalate Indo-Pak tensions.

As the opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif took the floor of the House, Prime Minister Khan apologised for interrupting and said he wishes to announce that the Indian pilot captured by Pakistan Air Force on Wednesday will be released Friday as a “peace gesture”.

The announcement was greeted by thumping of desks by Pakistani lawmakers.

Qureshi told media that if India gives priority to peace, Pakistan is ready for peace. — PTI

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