February 28, 2019 / 11:17 AM / 19 days ago

Pakistani PM Imran Khan says Indian pilot to be released Friday as peace gesture

Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan captured by Pakistan is seen in this handout photo released February 27, 2019. Inter Service Public Relation (ISPR) Handout via REUTERS

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Indian pilot shot down and captured by Pakistani forces this week will be released on Friday, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said as efforts to cool a crisis between the two nuclear-armed neighbours continued.

“As a peace gesture we will be releasing him tomorrow,” Khan told parliament in Islamabad on Thursday.

Reporting by Saad Sayeed; Editing by James Mackenzie and Nick Macfie

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