Pakistan to restore key train service to India

Pakistan to restore key train service to India

Pakistan to restore key train service to India

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has dispelled the impression that captured Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was released under any pressure.

It marked the first fatalities for Pakistani troops since Wednesday, when tensions dramatically escalated between the nuclear-armed countries over Kashmir, which is split between them but claimed by both in its entirety.

On Friday, Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs, is expected in Islamabad with an urgent message from the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Indian and Pakistani soldiers again targeted each other's posts and villages along their volatile frontier in the disputed region of Kashmir, killing at least five civilians and wounding several others, officials on both sides said on Saturday. In 2008, the Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba attacked the Taj hotel in Mumbai, murdering more than 100 people in one of the most high-profile terrorist attacks in India's history.

Finally, Imran Khan in an address to its nation declared that Pakistan will be releasing Wing Commander Abhinandan as a gesture of peace and the day of Friday was decided for his return.

Varthaman returned to India from Pakistan on Friday to a hero's welcome, almost 60 hours after he was captured following a dogfight when his MiG 21 was shot down.

Giving further details, the DC said, "The Pakistan authorities brought Wing Commander Abhinandan to the Joint Check Post at Attari and he crossed over the Zero Line at around 9:21 p.m (IST)".

There was no let-up in war rhetoric with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying no-one could "dare threaten" a "new, fearless and decisive" India. The countries have fought three wars, two directly related to the disputed region.

At the height of the tension Pakistan closed its airspace, disrupting major air routes.

Media captionFootage appears to show wreckage from a downed Indian jet What happened to the pilot? Pakistan had acquired the F-16 fighter jets from USA to "fight against terrorism" in 2008. She was accompanied by senior Indian Air Force (IAF) officials.

As the nation holds its breath waiting for IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's return from Pakistan, Ranveer Singh took to Twitter to express his respect for the braveheart.

He said that one Indian pilot was in the custody of the Pakistani army. However, the country has always been using the assets acquired from the U.S. against India. Initially he was apprehended and trashed by a mob and was rescued by Pakistan Army soldiers.

In later footage, he could be seen sipping tea from a cup without a blindfold. Although, he was released to India last night.

The pilot's family have not yet commented on the events.

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