Reporting on the India-Pakistan tensions, Al Jazeera said that Wing Commander Varthaman and the Indian Air Force (IAF) have been at the heart of the crisis between the two countries after Pakistan claimed to have shot down two Indian fighter jets in response to the bombing of alleged “terror” targets inside Pakistan on Tuesday morning. It quoted the IAF statement which said that in releasing the IAF pilot, Islamabad was simply following international norms around prisoners of war. The Guardian also reported on Pakistan’s ‘peace gesture’ adding that it comes amid the ‘gravest military crisis in the subcontinent in two decades’.
CNN said that India is waiting for the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan who has been in Pakistani custody since he was shot down on Wednesday. It reported Imran Khan’s decision to release him as ‘a goodwill gesture which could defuse the gravest crisis in the disputed border region in years.’
BBC said that with the decision to release Wing Commander Abhinandan, Imran Khan said that Pakistan was focused on ‘de-escalation’. “Pakistan will release a captured Indian pilot as a “peace gesture” on Friday,” BBC said quoting Imran Khan.