Indian PM Modi breaks silence over release of captive IAF Pilot Abhinandan

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Indian PM Modi breaks silence over release of captive IAF Pilot Abhinandan

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today broke his silence on the release of Abhinandan Varthaman -- the Indian Air Force pilot who was captured last week by Pakistan -- only to say that he does not wish to repeat how he was "returned in two days", NDTV has reported.

Subsequently, he gave examples where the government had secured the release of Indians from other nations.

"I don't want to repeat how Abhinandan returned in two days.

Abhinandan Varthaman was released on Friday after India demanded his return.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said the release was a "gesture of peace.

Imran Khan's announcement on the release on Thursday was preceded by much behind-the-scene efforts of friendly countries. Promoted: In Stores

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While US President Donald Trump hinted a role, UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed made phone calls to Imran Khan and PM Modi, stressing -- according to a tweet -- "the importance of dealing wisely and giving priority to dialogue and communication".

The Saudi Finance Minister flew to Pakistan link the Saudi envoy met PM Modi in Delhi.

There has been no official comment from the Indian government on these efforts.

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