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India, Pakistan resume shelling in Kashmir, killing 6

India, Pakistan resume shelling in Kashmir, killing 6

BCCI as a mark of appreciating his bravery, they released an Indian cricket jersey with his name "Wing Commander Abhinandan" imprinted on it.

After a dogfight over Kashmir on Wednesday morning, India initially said that all of its pilots had returned safely, but Pakistan's Information Ministry then released - and later deleted - footage showing the pilot blindfolded, with blood on his face.

The pilot, identified as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, was taken in a convoy that set out from the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore to the border crossing at Wagah on Friday, escorted by military vehicles with soldiers, their weapons drawn.

But as night fell, the wait dragged on and the crowd of people, previously numbering several thousand waving flags and singing patriotic songs, dwindled to a few hundred. "His good offices remain available should both sides agree", Dujarric said.

Tensions spiraled dangerously after Pakistani jets crossed into Indian territory in response to India's bombing of a suspected terrorist camp inside Pakistan a day earlier.

"We are happy our pilot is being released", said Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor, at a joint news conference of India's three armed forces on Thursday evening. He lauded Pakistan Army for rescuing him and said that it's a professional army. "We are proud of the pilot and therefore we named him (the baby) Abhinandan", Janesh Bhutani, grandfather of the chid, told reporters.

Pakistan's army said in a statement Saturday that the soldiers were killed in the Nakiyal region of Kashmir in the past 24 hours.

The two countries have fought three wars and went to the brink of a fourth in 2002 after a militant attack on India's Parliament.




Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said earlier on Friday the pilot would be released "as a gesture of peace and to de-escalate matters".

"Whenever India fires mortars, it's we who suffer", said Mohammad Latif, a labourer who took refuge at a government building that was vacated for sheltering displaced families.

Just weeks before general elections are due in India, the head of Modi's party in India's Karnataka state, B.S. Yeddyurappa, said India's pre-dawn airstrikes in Pakistan on Tuesday would help the party at the polls.

Pakistani protesters burn a picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally against India in Karachi, Pakistan, March 1, 2019.

Both India and Pakistan claim all of Kashmir but each only control part of it.

The freed pilot was scheduled to undergo a detailed medical exam before boarding a flight from Amritsar, near the India-Pakistan border, to New Delhi for a debriefing with top air force officials about his captivity.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday while addressing the joint session of Parliament had announced the release of Abhinandan - as a decision that was lauded by the worldwide community and media.

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