India-Pakistan: release of the captive pilot will bring back to "peace"
From Monday the airspace completely reopened
Tensions between India and Pakistan are dwindling and today the pilot of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Abhinandan Varthaman aircraft, shot down by a Pakistani missile two days ago was released and returned to the Indian authorities via the border crossing of Attari, in Punjab. The announcement of the release of the prisoner was made yesterday by the government of Islamabad that in the clashes with India has lost a fighter, even if it has not been specified whether it is an F-16 or JF-17; the difference would be a lot, because if it were to deal with the first one would mean that a US plane was hit by a more dated MiG-21. From Pakistan, however, some sources close to the defense ministry have leaked to the local press that in reality it would be the aircraft produced jointly with China, namely the JF-17 Thunder.
The return of the Indian pilot is a gesture of peace that will most likely defuse the crisis between the two countries, even if they say they are ready to strike in Pakistani territory every time they have information about attacks in preparation. A situation that can hardly be resolved with the release of a prisoner, but at the moment marks the "truce" between Delhi and Islamabad. In addition, the Government of Pakistan has also announced that from Monday all commercial connections will be restored and the airspace will be totally reopened, starting from tomorrow.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency