Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday, 28 February said that Pakistan will release captured pilot Abhinandan Varthaman on Friday as a peace gesture and an effort to de-escalate Indo-Pak tensions.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had earlier said that the country is willing to consider returning the pilot if it means de-escalation.

Speaking to Geo News, Qureshi further said, “Prime Minister Imran Khan is ready to hold a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

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However, government sources cited by news agencies said India expects the pilot to be repatriated “unconditionally and immediately” with there being no question of any deal.

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