Pakistan releases Indian pilot who was captured in disputed Kashmir region

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Addressing a press conference held at the Pakistan Railways Headquarters, he said that India was a big country but its prime minister " s thinking was cheap.

Indian media slammed the video as "distasteful" and said it breached global norms for prisoners of war.

There was some firing along the contested border dividing Kashmir on Friday, according to a spokesman for India's defence ministry, but the hostilities were well short of previous days.

Pakistan's military said on Saturday its air force and navy "continue to be alert and vigilant", while two of its soldiers were killed after exchanging fire with Indian troops along the Line of Control.

Amid mounting outrage, the IAF carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting what it said was a JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on 26 February.

The rivals have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir since their independence from British rule in 1947.

Omar Abdullah, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir state, said the video tainted Pakistan's gesture to return the pilot so quickly.

The aerial attacks across the Line of Control (LoC) dividing Indian and Pakistani territory are the first since a war in 1971.

The train service, known as Samjhauta Express, was suspended by Pakistani authorities this past week, stranding people on both sides.

Pakistani media, he added, proved its maturity by refraining from propagating jingoism amid heightened tension between the two countries.

The Prime Minister had welcomed the safe return of Wg Cdr Abhinandan on Friday night from Pakistan captivity in his twitter missive. Since all aid and support has already been stopped, no further action may be taken, barring the fact that they may speak against Pakistan in worldwide forums, B K Pandey also adds.

The courageous IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured in Pakistan after his MiG 21 Bison crashed across LOC while chasing and downing a PAF F-16, has been finally returned to India safely by the Pakistani Army via the Wagah Border.

He saluted Pakistani media for its decent journalism during the current scenario and said that Indian media played a psychotic and jingoistic role.

Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after a February suicide attack that killed at least forty Indian policemen.

Sakina, a young woman who fled to a shelter with her two kids, said the frequent shelling had made them "homeless in our own land".

Indian air force officials who received the pilot said they were happy to have him back.

Separately, a police official in Rawalakot, speaking to Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity, said that a man had been wounded and three homes destroyed in Indian shelling overnight.

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