United States welcomes decision of Pakistan to release IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman - TNBC USA

The United States has welcomed the decision of Pakistan, which is to release Indian Air Force Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman from the custody of Pakistan after his fighter jet got crashed in PoK.

Though Mr. Varthaman’s return to India is in accordance with the Geneva Convention, on Thursday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be released today as a “gesture of peace”.

On Wednesday, Pakistan has detained an IAF Pilot following a fierce engagement between the air forces of India and Pakistan along the LoC (Line of Control) when his MiG-21 fighter jet was down after he shot down a Pakistan F-16 fighter jet. He successfully ejected from his aircraft but landed in PoK, where he was arrested.

While replying to a question on the announcement made by PM Imran Khan in the Parliament of Pakistan, a spokesman of US State Department said that “we welcome Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s commitment that Pakistan will release on Friday the Indian pilot held in its custody.”

The United States simultaneously urges both Pakistan and India to take necessary steps to ‘de-escalate’ tensions.

He continued that “the United States continues to urge both sides to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, including through direct communication. Further military activity will exacerbate the situation.”

The United States reiterated its call to Pakistan to abide by the commitments of the UN Security Council to deny terrorists and terror outfits ‘safe heaven’ and block their access to funding.

The spokesman further said that “we reiterate our call for Pakistan to abide by its United Nations Security Council commitments to deny terrorists safe haven and block their access to funds.”

On Thursday, the House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has joined other lawmakers in expressing concern over the increasing tensions between Pakistan and India.

“This is a result of a Pakistan-based terrorist group’s brutal attack”, he said, adding that “I urge both countries to de-escalate the mounting tensions.”

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