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Modi and Khan see support surge on Kashmir face-off

Pakistan to release detained Indian pilot but tensions still high

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi gained in popularity after their countries' air forces carried out raids over Kashmir.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that an Indian pilot detained after his plane was shot down would be released on Friday, as a "peace gesture" to ease the tensions that have been building between the two nuclear-armed states.

"In our desire of peace, I announce that tomorrow, and as a first step to open negotiations, Pakistan will be releasing the Indian Air Force officer in our custody," Khan told parliament. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told local reporters that Khan is ready to speak with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi by phone.

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