India won't allow Pakistan to use IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman as a bargaining tool or a negotiating point, says govt sources
The reaction came after Pakistan FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi said 'ready to hand over IAF pilot if it leads to de-escalation'
New Delhi: India will not make any deal with Pakistan for the return of its Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot in Islamabad's custody, a person familiar with the developments said Thursday. The comment came after Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters in Islamabad that Pakistan was “ready to hand over the Indian pilot if it leads to de-escalation".
Moreover, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has to walk the talk on investigating the February 14 Pulwama attack, PTI quoted people in the know as saying. India wants immediate, credible and verifiable action against terrorists and their proxies, they added. PTI sources also questioned Khan's statement on Wednesday that two Indian jets were downed in an air combat. "Was he not briefed or did he say an untruth?" they asked.
Denouncing Pakistan's breach of the Line of Control (LoC), the people said their force "specifically targeted Indian military facilities, while we targeted only JeM terror camp".