Pakistan will release Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman tomorrow as peace gesture, said Pakistan PM Imran Khan. He made the announcement in Parliament House this afternoon. “We have an Indian pilot. As a peace gesture, we will release him tomorrow.” Interestingly, Khan’s announcement comes hours after US President Donald Trump said in Vietnam’s Hanoi that there would “reasonably good news” coming from India and Pakistan.
Addressing the joint session of Parliament, the premier stressed, “All issues should be resolved through dialogue. Despite us opening the Kartarpur corridor, we received no response from India.”
Reports say Abhinandan would be handed over over to the International Committee of the Red Cross who will escort him back to India.
Abhinandan was severely beaten by locals after he landed on the Pakistani side. The army officials blindfolded Abhinandan and shot his video asking him personal details. The Geneva Conventions strictly bar airing pictures of captured prisoners on television.