India says 'happy' Pakistan is releasing downed pilot

Air Canada temporarily suspends flights to India following downed jets

On Wednesday, India said it foiled an attempt by Pakistan Air Force to carry out strikes in Jammu and Kashmir by shooting down an F-16 fighter plane while losing its own MiG-21 jet after which a pilot was "missing in action".

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said the pilot would be released today, to the relief of many Indians, even as his military reported that four Pakistani civilians had been killed by India firing across the border in Kashmir.

"We have captured a pilot of India".

Khan also called for talks with India, and said he had tried to reach Modi a day earlier.

And despite the unsafe surge in tensions, observers in the two countries, who have fought three wars since their independence and angry split in 1947, noted that India and Pakistan are used to finding ways to step back from the brink.

Jaish-e-Muhammad reportedly is based in the Peshawar region of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkwha province, and Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

A day before Pakistan downed the Indian jet, the Indian Air Force said its jets launched airstrikes against terrorists inside Pakistan.

India and Pakistan have once again threatened to descend into war after a recent exchange of hostilities across their mutually-disputed border, leading the state of their rival armed forces to capture global attention.




Thailand has an FTA with India, and a pact with Pakistan has been in the pipeline since 2015. "Hopefully that's going to be coming to an end", Mr Trump added.

India has handed over its files on the deadly February 14 bombing to Pakistan, Foreign Minister Qureshi confirmed on Thursday.

Thousands of travellers were left scrambling when Thai Airways cancelled more than a dozen flights to and from Europe after Pakistan closed its airspace amid rising tensions with India.

"We've been involved in trying to have them stop", Trump told reporters in Hanoi. However, he said, the permission was granted on a daily basis, so the airline needs to update the situation daily.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement he had spoken separately with the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan and urged them to "prioritise direct communication and avoid further military activity".

"We want him back", sources said.

Kashmir has been divided but claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan since nearly immediately after the two countries' creation in 1947. Modi's opponents seized on his decision to continue election-related activities in the midst of the crisis and criticized him for saying nothing about the pilot's capture. "Though the pilot ejected safely, his parachute drifted into PoJ&K, where he was taken into custody by Pakistan Army", Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor said at a press conference in New Delhi. Pakistan denies it, but its intelligence services have links to such groups.

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