US responds over Pakistan decision to release captive IAF Pilot

US responds over Pakistan decision to release captive IAF Pilot


The United States has welcomed Pakistan's decision to release Indian Air Force pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who is currently in their custody after his fighter jet crashed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that Wing Commander Abhinandan will be released today as a "gesture of peace".

Pakistan detained the IAF pilot on Wednesday following a fierce engagement between the air forces of the two nations along the Line of Control or LoC when his MiG-21 fighter jet was downed.

He ejected from his aircraft, but landed in Azad Kashmir, where he was detained. by Taboola link: Sponsored Links link: . link Potentially Cancer Causing Foods to AvoidOrganic Welcome link

"We welcome Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's commitment that Pakistan will release on Friday the Indian pilot held in its custody," a US State Department spokesperson told news agency Press Trust of India, responding to a question on the announcement made by Imran Khan in the Pakistani parliament.

Simultaneously, the United States urged both India and Pakistan to take immediate steps to de-escalate tensions. Promoted: In Stores

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"The United States continues to urge both sides to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, including through direct communication. Further military activity will exacerbate the situation," the US state department spokesperson said.