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Indian Punjab CM hails PM Khan’s move of releasing pilot Abhinandan

Indian Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday hailed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s announcement of releasing IAF’s arrested Pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan.

Expressing his views with an Indian news agency ANI, Singh said he is very happy that Wing Commander Abhinandan will be released by Pakistan as a peace gesture and added he demanded his release earlier too.

“This is going to be a step towards goodwill and I hope this will be lasting,” he said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing a joint parliamentary session in the wake of soaring tensions between India and Pakistan, announced to release the captured Indian pilot, Abhinandan, as a gesture of peace.

Read more: India asks YouTube to take down videos of Abhinandan

After presenting a tribute to the opposition and the entire nation for standing united during the recent time, PM Khan asserted “to not misconstrue Pakistan’s desire for de-escalation as weakness.”

Wing Commander Abhinandan

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) after striking down two Indian fighter jets arrested a pilot on Feb 27, who ejected himself after being hit in the airspace of Pakistan in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Hours after the arrest, Pakistan military had released a video statement of a captured Indian pilot.

“I’m wing commander Abhinandan and my service number is 27981,” the arrested Indian pilot said in his video statement.

I’m a flying pilot of the Indian air force (IAF), he continued in his statement.

In a video footage, Abhinandan can be seen sharing his views and thanking the Pakistan armed forces for saving his life from the mob at crash site.

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