Indian Air Force pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan on Wednesday, Feb 27, will be released today as a “gesture of peace”, said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Speaking at a joint session of Pakistan parliament Yesterday, Khan said: “I tried to call (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi to say that we don’t want escalation. Our push for de-escalation doesn’t mean we are afraid. We have an Indian pilot. As a peace gesture, we will release him tomorrow,” he said.
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured after an aerial combat between Indian and Pakistani fighter planes. Before his capture, he shot down a F-16 fighter with two Pakistani pilots, said the government.