Did not release captured Indian pilot under any pressure


His capture had become the centrepiece of hostilities between the arch-rivals since a suicide bombing in Kashmir last month killed 40 Indian paramilitaries.

"And now the meaning of Abhinandan will change", he said. He was in the custody of Pakistan Army since Wednesday when his parachute drifted and fell inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani army said Saturday that two civilians were killed and two others injured along the LoC in the past 24 hours. Islamabad has not explained the discrepancy in reporting over the number of downed Indian jets.

Authorities imposed a security lockdown in several parts of the region on Friday, including in downtown areas of the main city of Srinagar, in anticipation of protests against Indian rule.

The attack met the response of India, which on Tuesday launched an air strike on what the Government said were militant camps of the Jaish-e Mohammad group behind the bombing. In addition to the fatalities, at least eight soldiers and police have been wounded.

India had repeatedly told Pakistan to act against terror groups operating from its soil and recently handed over a dossier containing "specific details" of the involvement of the JeM in the Pulwama terror attack and the presence of camps of the UN-proscribed terror outfit in Pakistan.

Wing Commander Abhinandan also criticised the Indian press, saying they always exaggerate and say a lot of damaging things that mislead people.

Amid rising tensions between the two countries, accusations have been kicked back and forth.

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He added that Pakistani troops were "befittingly" responding to the Indian shelling.

Indian Air Force officials at the border confirmed to reporters that the pilot was back in their care and that he would be taken immediately for a detailed medical check-up, which is mandated because he had to eject from his plane.

"We have to move forward with the self confidence as a courageous - Parakrami - country, and to fulfill our dreams", he said. She can not travel to Indian-controlled Kashmir because of recent suspension of a key bus service by New Delhi.

The end of the air raids did not stop more violence raging in Kashmir, with both sides firing mortars and artillery over the frontier Saturday.

In Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, government official Umar Azam said Indian troops with heavy weapons "indiscriminately targeted border villagers" along the Line of Control, killing a boy and wounding three other people.

Indian Air Force officials said earlier it was up to the political leaders to decide when and how to release evidence of the Balakot strike.

"I will tell both India and Pakistan that war is not an option".

He said that Pakistan did not want the peace of the region to be risked over politics.

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