Opinion | Abhinandan Varthaman’s release a big win for India
While it’s a diplomatic win for India, Pakistan has been able to show that it has taken the moral high ground. But pressure on Pakistan to stop harbouring terrorists should continue
Although hostilities by Pakistan on the Indian border continue to present risks of an escalation in military conflict, its decision to return Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman will help in pulling the two countries back from the edge. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that Wing Commander Varthaman, whom they captured a day earlier after his MiG-21 was shot down while thwarting an air attack, will be sent home on Friday as a gesture of peace. The announcement is crucial in ensuring the nuclear-weapons-capable nations are able to find common ground to pull back from a dangerous escalation in a military conflict and sit across the table to re-engage in dialogue.
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