Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Thursday, 28 February, announced that captured IAF pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, will be released on 1 March as a “gesture of peace”.
Family members of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman are heading to Delhi to receive him, ahead of his release by Pakistan slated for Friday, 1 March.
India had summoned the acting high commissioner of Pakistan on 27 February and demanded Abhinandan’s immediate, safe return.
“India will grow as one and fight as one,” said PM Modi, addressing BJP workers on Thursday.
Meanwhile, a woman was killed and a jawan injured in Pakistani shelling across six sectors along the LoC.
Tensions between India and Pakistan have escalated after an attack on a CRPF convoy on 14 February killed 40 jawans
The Indian Air Force (IAF), in a joint briefing with the Indian Army and the Navy on Thursday, 28 February said that it was happy about Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s return from Pakistan.
Asked if the IAF sees the release of Varthaman as a goodwill gesture by Pakistan, Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor said, “We see this as a gesture in consonance with Geneva conventions.”
Kapoor addressed the media with Maj General Surendra Mahal and Rear Admiral Dalbir Singh Gujral.
Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Pakistan will release captured pilot Varthaman on Friday as a peace gesture.
- India armed forces said that they were prepared to retaliate, if Pakistan chooses to escalate the situation
- In his first statement after the strikes, PM Modi addressed BJP workers via a video conference and said, “India will live as one, work as one, grow as one and fight as one.”
- A Union Cabinet meeting was held at the prime minister’s residence