Pakistan to release captured Indian pilot as 'peace gesture'

Air Canada temporarily suspends flights to India following downed jets

He did not elaborate.

"The guard over there just said we have to go down to the basement to sleep. It is good for both sides".

But while Pakistan announced on Thursday that it would release the captured pilot, tensions continue to simmer on social media in both countries, turning Twitter and Facebook into a second battleground. India responded with a pre-dawn airstrike on Tuesday inside Pakistan, the first such raid since the two countries' 1971 war over territory that later became Bangladesh.

India's foreign ministry had demanded the "immediate and safe return" of the pilot, calling on Pakistan to ensure no harm comes to him. Indian forces claim two militants were killed in the fighting.

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.

A Pakistani soldier stands guard near the wreckage of an Indian plane shot down by the Pakistan military on Wednesday, in Hurran, near the Line of Control in Pakistani Kashmir, on Thursday.

Many Pakistanis celebrated the capture of the Indian pilot, organising large demonstrations in Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir. We don't know for sure which kind of aircraft downed the Indian Fishbed derivative: some sources claim if was a JF-17 Thunder, others say it was an F-16.

At the same time, he said the lack of US condemnation of India's strike on Pakistan was "construed and understood as an endorsement of the Indian position, and that is what emboldened them even more".

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Is winning elections becoming the criteria for BJP and not the security of India. The government also demanded that Pakistan return the IAF pilot immediately.

India has long accused Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence of covertly providing support to the JeM network and its leader, Masood Azhar - a claim denied by Pakistan.

India and Pakistan routinely trade fire and blame the other for starting skirmishes along the frontier. There were no reported casualties.

The United States welcomes Pakistan's decision to repatriate an Indian pilot it captured after shooting down his fighter jet this week, a State Department spokesperson told Sputnik.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Thursday temporarily restored Pakistani airspace for commercial aviation, allowing some flights to depart.

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.

World leaders weighing in on the tension included U.S. President Donald Trump, who began remarks at a news conference Thursday in Vietnam after meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by focusing on India and Pakistan. "They've been going at it, and we've been involved in trying to have them stop".

"Today, [India] has sent a dossier. we have received it, we will examine it, and now come and speak to us on the basis of this dossier", the foreign minister said.

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