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Pakistan to Release Indian Pilot as Peace Gesture

Pakistani PM Imran Khan says Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan, captured in Kashmir attacks, is going to be free as a symbol of peace and to reduce the gravest military crisis between the neighbors India and Pakistan in two decades.

Amid rising tensions , Imran Khan in the parliament of his country announced, “Yesterday I tried to call 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”.

Despite the planned release of the pilot, tensions in the region continued. After his being freed, India Rejoices with the slogan “Welcome Back, Abhinandan” after Imran Khan’s announcement.

Every single person is happy with this news including Bollywood celebs. From Hema Malini to Nimart Kaur, stars are celebrating the return of our brave-heart Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

Indian Army Major General Surinder Singh Bahal told a joint news conference of India’s Army, Navy and Air Force in New Delhi on Thursday that India remains on “high alert.”
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Khan’s remarks came as US President Donald Trump told of “attractive news” from Pakistan and India after his summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un concluded Thursday in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

“They’ve been going at it, and we’ve been involved in trying to have them stop,” Trump said. “And we have some reasonably decent news, hopefully, that’s going to be coming to an end.”

Modi also called on the people of India to “stand like a wall or a rock” against terrorists who try to “destabilize the country.”

Soon after the news of Abhinandan’s release broke, Twitter users took to the micro-blogging platform to say “Welcome Back Abhinandan”.

Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu was one of the first celebrities to react to the news. The Naam Shabana actress wrote, “Now this really brought smile to my face !!! Waiting for tomorrow ….. with bated breath… This is heartening. THIS is worth celebrating.”

>Juthy Saha

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