India pilot RELEASED: Moment Abhinandan released by Pakistan in 'peace gesture'

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"Pakistan is releasing our pilot, I thank them for that", said Kulwant Singh, who has run a food stall at the crossing for 20 years.

On the Indian side of Pakistan's border crossing at Wagah, turbaned Indian policemen lined the road on Friday in expectations of the pilot's handover. Modi made no mention of the pilot. The parliamentary panel asked the government to "go all out to explain" to the worldwide community the reasons behind India's decision to carry out the air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp, PTI reported quoting unidentified officials.

A missile shown in a picture by India as having been fired by Pakistan using its F-16 fighter jets in a surprise attack this week actually belonged to Taiwan, according to Pakistani media reports.

The United States has been actively mediating, to avert any risk of the two countries sliding toward their fourth war since independence from British colonial rule in 1947.

The ban comes against the backdrop of the most serious confrontation between India and Pakistan in two decades.

Authorities in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir closed all schools and educational institutions in the region and continue to urge parents to keep their children at home amid mounting tensions.

Thousands of Indians, some waving flags and singing, gathered Friday to give a hero's welcome to an air force pilot due to be returned across the border after being shot down by Pakistan.

Matters escalated alarmingly after a massive suicide bombing killed 40 Indian troops on February 14, with the attack claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group.

Pakistan has been at pains to insist it wants talks to end the crisis.

Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said Friday that flights could land and depart from its main airports from 1300 GMT, and that others would be opened "gradually".

The agency issued a statement saying all domestic and global flights will be allowed to and from the cities of Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta.

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One of the aircraft fell on India's side of Kashmir, he added.

Qureshi has said the Saudi foreign minister is set to visit Islamabad with a message from Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who visited both Pakistan and India last month. The closures snarled air traffic.

From day one, Prime Minister Imran Khan offered that if you take one step towards peace we will take two.

"We have captured a pilot of India".

During the interview with CNN, Qureshi stated that he could not envision an all-out war between India and Pakistan.

A civilian was also killed during protests in Indian Kashmir, police told AFP.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday that Ankara is always willing to contribute to easing tensions between Pakistan and India.

His release came two days after he was captured following a rare aerial engagement between the nuclear-armed rivals over the disputed region of Kashmir.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a televised address that the two sides could not afford a miscalculation "given the weapons we have".

Praising the pilot, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the nation was "proud of your exemplary courage".

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.

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