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Pakistan hints at negotiation to repatriate Abhinandan Varthaman

As India has been demanding to return the captiaved MiG21 pilot Abhinandan Varthaman to return to India unhurt within a week, Pakistan, on the other hand, is still yet to take a call.

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan is willing to consider returning the Indian pilot if it means de-escalation of ties between the two countries.

He also said that Pakistan PM Imran Khan is ready to talk directly with Indian Prime Minister Modi over the telephone to deescalate tensions:

“India handed over a dossier to the acting High Commissioner of Pakistan a day earlier and we will examine it. I will evaluate the dossier with an open heart and then see if talks will be held on that, ” he added.

Earlier it was reported that Pakistan would decide on the status of captive Indian pilot in a couple of days and said that the pilot is safe and healthy by releasing a video of him talking.

“India has raised the matter of the pilot with us. We’ll decide in a couple of days what convention will apply to him and whether to give him Prisoner of War (POW) status or not,” he said.

However, government sources quoted that the Abhinandan Varthamaan has to be repatriated unconditionally and immediately, there is no question of any deal.

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