Srinagar, Feb 27 : Claiming that Pakistan has expressed its intention to crack down on terrorism and initiate a dialogue with India, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said perhaps the best gesture to gain India’s trust at this point would be the safe return of Wing Commander Abhinandan.
Ms Mehbooba, who is the president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), hoped that the heads of both countries show restraint and take a step back to think about the catastrophic consequences that would follow a war.
“Pakistan has expressed its intention to crack down on terrorism and initiate a dialogue with India. Perhaps the best gesture to gain India’s trust at this point would be the safe return of Wing Commander Abhinandan back home,” Ms Mehbooba wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
The Centre on Wednesday evening confirmed that one Mig 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was shot down and its pilot has been ‘missing in action’.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has claimed that the pilot is in their custody. A video of Wing Commander Abhinandan being questioned by Pakistan Army has also gone viral on social media though its authenticity could not be confirmed.
External affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in New Delhi said Pakistan attempt to target military installations on Indian side were foiled but in the process one MiG 21 was lost and the pilot is 'missing in action'. “One fighter jet of Pakistan Air Force was also shot down in the aerial engagement by IAF's Mig 21 Bison,” he added. (UNI)