Indian PM Modi holds highest level meeting with services and intelligence chiefs, third in last 24 hours since PAF strike

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Indian PM Modi holds highest level meeting with services and intelligence chiefs, third in last 24 hours since PAF strike

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday chaired a high-level meeting on security amid the heightened tensions with Pakistan and after Imran Khan announced the release of an Indian Air Force pilot captured by his country, PTI has reported.

This is the third reported highest level meeting in last 24 hours.

Officials sources said the meeting was attended by chiefs of the three Services, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Several other senior officials also attended the meeting held at the prime minister’s residence here.

An IAF pilot was captured by Pakistan after an air combat on Wednesday that sparked fears of war.

Khan Thursday announced that IAF’s captured pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, will be released on Friday as a gesture of peace and the “first step” to open negotiations with India.