New Delhi Welcomes Pakistan’s Decision To Return Indian Military Pilot


India welcomes the decision of the Pakistani leadership to release and return home a pilot of the Indian Air Force, who was taken into custody the day before, following an aerial skirmish over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, India’s Air Vice Marshal Ravi Gopal Krishana Kapoor said on Thursday
NEW DELHI (WebPaki News / Sputnik – 01st March, 2019) India welcomes the decision of the Pakistani leadership to release and return home a pilot of the Indian Air Force, who was taken into custody the day before, following an aerial skirmish over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, India’s Air Vice Marshal Ravi Gopal Krishana Kapoor said on Thursday.
“We are extremely happy to have him back, we want to see him back … [but] we only see it as a gesture which is in consonance with all Geneva conventions,” Kapoor said at a joint military briefing in New Delhi.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said earlier in the day that Islamabad had decided to release the captured Indian pilot on Friday, as a “goodwill gesture.”

The Pakistani military said on Wednesday it had shot down two Indian warplanes in the disputed region of Kashmir and captured a pilot, responding to an airstrike a day earlier by Indian aircraft against what New Delhi said was a camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad, considered a terrorist group by India, and located on the Pakistani soil across the so-called Line of Control (LoC).

The Indian airstrike came after a deadly attack by Jaish-e-Mohammad on the Indian paramilitary police force in Kashmir earlier this month. While India has accused Pakistan of supporting the militants and having a “direct hand” in the incident, Pakistan, in turn, has rejected the allegations, accusing India of being responsible for human rights violations taking place in Kashmir.