Pakistani PM says Indian pilot to be released Friday as peace gesture

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the nation after the general election results are announced in Islamabad, Pakistan on July 26, 2018.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the nation after the general election results are announced in Islamabad, Pakistan on July 26, 2018.

The Indian pilot shot down and captured by Pakistani forces this week will be released on Friday, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said as efforts to cool a crisis between the two nuclear-armed neighbors continued.

“As a peace gesture we will be releasing him tomorrow,” Khan told parliament in Islamabad on Thursday.

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