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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced he had decided to send the IAF pilot back in the interest of peace. Catch LIVE updates on India-Pakistan conflict

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Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor, Major General Surendra Singh Mahal and Navy Rear Admiral DS Gujral at the joint briefing
Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor, Major General Surendra Singh Mahal and Navy Rear Admiral DS Gujral at the joint briefing (Photo: ANI)
 
The Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot captured by Pakistan on Wednesday is set to return home today. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced he had decided to send the IAF pilot back in the interest of peace. Pakistan’s gesture was applauded by several politicians. Punjab Chief Minister and Congress leader Amarinder Singh said: “This is going to be a step towards goodwill and I hope this will be lasting.”. Amid reports that he would be brought home through the Wagah-Attari joint check-post, Amarinder Singh offered to receive the IAF pilot after he was freed.
Official sources said that the Border Security Force (BSF) has not been communicated the exact time and sequence regarding the release of the captured IAF pilot.

The Indian military, meanwhile, showed the media parts of an air-to-air missile as "evidence” that Pakistan had used a F16 fighter jet during an air fight between the countries a day before. Pakistan's attempt to target Indian military installations was foiled, said senior officers of Indian Air Force, Army and Navy at a joint press conference in Delhi. Asked about the damage caused when Indian warplanes struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Pakistan on Tuesday, the officials said it was premature to provide details about casualties. But they said they had "credible" evidence of the damage inflicted on the camp by the air strikes.

The Air Force said Pakistan's decision to release a captured Indian pilot was in line with the Geneva Conventions.

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