Pakistan re-starting some flights, to fully re-open commercial airspace Monday

Police say Indian mortar shells kills 6 civilians in Kashmir

After Abhinandan was shot down on Wednesday in a dogfight with Pakistani aircraft, purported footage that went viral showed him being beaten by locals before Pakistani soldiers intervened. "They have been going at it and we have been involved in trying to have them stop", Trump said in Hanoi, where he was attending a summit with DPRK's leader. They are doing it as Saudi Arabia has mounted pressure on them.

On Thursday Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said the pilot's release was a "peace gesture" to India.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan insisted the release was part of a "peace gesture".

"As far as India is concerned, the situation is still very tense". He did not elaborate.

The Pakistani military has said his plane was downed on the Pakistani-held side of Kashmir on Wednesday.

The UN chief called both sides to take urgent measures to reduce tension through meaningful mutual commitment and fulfill their responsibilities to maintain peace and stability in the region.

Thousands of air travellers were stranded world over due to Pakistan's airspace closure owing to rising tensions with India.

Also Friday, Pakistan's civil aviation authority partially re-opened the country's airspace, allowing travel to four major cities, another sign tensions with archrival India were de-escalating. More than 200 people fled to a military organized camp about 20 kilometers (16 miles) away from the border.

Police in the Indian-controlled Kashmir said one man was wounded and at least two civilian homes were damaged in the cross-border shelling.

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The disputed region of Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, but is claimed in its entirety by both countries, leading to two wars over the territory.

Pakistan military had released a video statement of captured Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan. Others also danced and shouted slogans in New Delhi.

The pilot is being hailed as a hero in India, with fireworks being set off in the capital Delhi. "The country is facing challenging times and it will fight, live, work and win unitedly".

The violence this week marked the most serious escalation of the long-simmering conflict since 1999, when Pakistan's military sent a ground force into Indian-controlled Kashmir at Kargil.

The Pakistan government on Thursday chose to release him as "a first step" to open negotiations with India to de-escalate tension after a terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed left 40 CRPF personnel dead.

Pakistani demonstrators chant slogans and burn an effigy depicting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Peshawar, Pakistan, Feb. 28, 2019, as tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors mounted.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is a member of the committee but was not present in the meeting on Friday.

Varthaman, who in Pakistan's custody since Wednesday is likely to be released at the Wagah border on Friday.

Suggesting that India was not considering de-escalation yet, top commanders of the armed forces on Thursday assured the nation that the three services were in a "heightened state of alert" and ready to give a befitting response to any misadventure by Pakistan.

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