Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced in Pakistan’s parliament that the Indian Air Force pilot in its custody will be released tomorrow as a peace gesture. Earlier, the country had said it was prepared to release the pilot from its custody if doing so would ease tensions with India, its foreign ministry said Thursday. “We are ready to hand over the Indian pilot if it leads to de-escalation,” the Pakistan foreign ministry spokesman told news agencies, attributing the statement to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. India has said that it expects the “immediate and safe return” of the pilot who was captured by Pakistan during air combat on Wednesday.
Sources have reported that there will be “no deal” on the Indian Air Force pilot. The government would not ask for consular access. “We want him back. If Pakistan thinks that they have a card to negotiate with, they do not,”. Pakistan Prime Minister also urged India to not take this issue further or else Pakistan will be forced to retaliate. Earlier today, the United States, United Kingdom, and France have moved a fresh proposal at the United Nations Security Council or UNSC to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist.
If the proposal is passed, Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed or JeM chief Masood Azhar will get the tag of being a ‘UN-designated global terrorist’, which in turn would subject him to a global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo. Earlier in the day, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is ready to talk to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi over the telephone to offer him peace. Qureshi told the media that if India gives priority to peace, Pakistan is ready for peace. “Prime Minister Imran Khan is ready to talk to Narendra Modi on the telephone and ready to extend an invitation of peace.
Pakistan will release Indian Pilot Abhinandan tomorrow as a gesture of peace: Prime Minister Imran Khan pic.twitter.com/6aUN4S9JVb
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) February 28, 2019