A large crowd at the Wagah border had started converging from 6 am on Friday, waiting for a glimpse of the pilot, whose release was secured on Thursday when Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that he will be returned to India as a "peace gesture".
"As a peace gesture we will be releasing him tomorrow", Khan told Pakistan's parliament on Thursday afternoon.
Tensions have been running high since Indian aircraft crossed into Pakistan on Tuesday carrying out what India called a pre-emptive strike against militants blamed for a February 14 suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops.
The pilot, identified as Abhinandan Varthaman, became the human face of the flare-up over the disputed region of Kashmir following the release of videos showing him being captured and later held in custody.
The following day, Pakistan reportedly downed two Indian MiG-21 jets, arresting the pilot of one, while India claimed to have destroyed a Pakistani F-16.
There was no immediate reaction from India, though Mr Modi earlier in the day warned that "India's enemies are conspiring to create instability in the country through terror attacks".
On Friday morning, the pilot was brought by Pakistani authorities from Rawalpindi to Lahore in a special plane and handed over first to the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) under rules of the Geneva Convention.
The Indian government retaliated on Tuesday with a pre-emptive air strike on militants inside Pakistan who were supposedly responsible for the suicide bombing.Читайте также: Guardiola says City tiredness no excuse in title battle with Liverpool
Tensions have risen since a suicide auto bombing by Pakistan-based armed group, Jaish-e-Muhammad(JeM), in Indian-administered Kashmir killed at least 42 Indian paramilitary forces on February 14.
The actual events of the past couple of days remain hazy as contradictory statements have emerged from both sides, but the heightened risk of a greater conflict was clear.
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told TASS news agency on Thursday that Russia was ready to help mediate between Pakistan and India.
At the height of the tension Pakistan closed its airspace, disrupting major air routes.
India's foreign ministry later issued a statement demanding the release of its fighter pilot and condemning the images, describing them as a "vulgar display of an injured personnel".
Islamabad closed its air space on Wednesday after saying that Pakistan's military had shot down two Indian warplanes and captured a pilot, escalating tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. "The country is facing challenging times and it will fight, live, work and win unitedly".
The spokesman for Pakistan's Foreign Ministry, Muhammad Faisal, confirmed that it has received the file on the February 14 attack from India and "action will be taken on any actionable intelligence, if found in the dossier, " he said. New Delhi claimed the jets bombed Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camps.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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