Indian pilot to be released as peace gesture, Pakistan prime minister says

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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during news conference in Ankara, Turkey, Jan. 4, 2019. Copyright Burhan Ozbilici
By Associated Press with NBC News World News
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The Indian pilot shot down and captured by Pakistani forces this week will be released on Friday, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said.


ISLAMABAD — Prime Minister Imran Khan says Pakistan will release the captured Indian pilot as a "peace gesture" toward India.

Khan made this announcement Thursday while addressing lawmakers in both chambers of parliament, convened to discuss the latest situation amid rising tensions with India over the disputed territory of Kashmir.

Khan says he tried to reach his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Wednesday with a message that he wants to de-escalate tension.

Khan did not say how India responded to his initiative.

He also reiterated his offer for talks to New Delhi, saying this is the only way to solve all issues.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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