Pakistan frees captured Indian pilot

Pakistan has handed over a captured Indian pilot, as the two nuclear powers scale back their confrontation.

Pakistani TV footage showed the pilot, identified as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, walking across the Kashmir border near the town of Wagah just before 9pm local time.

World powers have urged restraint from the two nations, as tensions escalated following a suicide bombing that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir on 14 February.

The US has been actively mediating, to avert any risk of the two countries sliding towards 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.

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Photo Credit: BBC

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