Abrar Hussain of DOT
Pakistan prepared to release a captured Indian pilot yesterday as the nuclear powers scaled back their confrontation, at least temporarily,
Meanwhile, Indian opposition politicians had raised doubts over whether an initial airstrike had destroyed a militant camp in Pakistan. World powers have urged restraint from the two nations after tensions escalated rapidly following a suicide car bombing by a terrorist outfit that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir on February 14.
The United States has been actively mediating, to avert any risk of the two countries sliding toward their fourth war since independence from British colonial rule in 1947.
The disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir has been at the root of two of those conflicts.
On Wednesday, both Delhi and Islamabad claimed that they had downed enemy jets, with Pakistan capturing an Indian pilot whose MiG fighter jet crashed in enemy territory after dogfight with a Pakistani JF-17.