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Indian high Commissioner visits Pak Foreign Office ahead of pilot release

  • March 01, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Indian acting High Commissioner on Friday arrived at the Foreign Office where he was formally informed about handing over of captured Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

Citing diplomatic sources, Geo News reported that the pilot would be returned to Indian officials around 3:00 pm.

 The sources said officials of the Indian High Commission would receive the detainee.

An Indian group captain who has left for Lahore with travel documents for Abhinandan Varthaman would escort the pilot to his country, the sources said

Abhinandan was shot down over Kashmir on Wednesday, after a dogfight in the skies over the disputed Himalayan region which sent tensions between India and Pakistan to their highest levels in years and alarmed world powers, who issued calls for restraint.

Media reports have said Abhinandan could return through the Wagah crossing gate, famed for hosting a daily ceremony by Indian and Pakistani soldiers at sundown.

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