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Indian pilot Abhi Nandan escorted away after being captured by the Pakistani military on Feb. 27

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called on Pakistan and India to maintain the "positive momentum" generated after Pakistani authorities released captured Indian fighter pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.

Indian officials said the pilot would now be taken by air to the capital Delhi.

Pakistan has handed over a captured pilot to Indian authorities at the Wagah border, a move aimed at de-escalating tensions after days of hostilities between the South Asian neighbours. Going forward, Indian officials said they would strike targets including those inside Pakistan territory if officials receive intelligence of attacks being planned.

"I welcome the easing of tensions between India and Pakistan as well as the release of the Indian Air Force pilot detained in Pakistan".

Troops from both countries traded fire briefly along the contested border in Kashmir on Thursday morning, a day after the two nuclear powers both downed enemy jets, with Pakistan capturing an Indian pilot.

"While in captivity, he was treated with dignity and in line with worldwide law", the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It targeted the military installations of India which was successfully detected by the Indian Air force and responded immediately.

Pakistani protesters burn a picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally against India in Karachi, Pakistan, March 1, 2019.

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The IAF, in a joint briefing with the Indian Army and the Navy on Thursday, 28 February, said that it was happy about Abhinandan Varthaman's return.

An eye for an eye, the Pakistan Air Force violated India's Airspace on Wednesday, in retaliation with the attack on its training camps. At an election rally in Tamil Nadu, the pilot's home state, Modi said, "Every Indian is proud that fearless Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is from Tamil Nadu".

The petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) sought the court's order to stop Prime Minister Imran Khan's government from handing over the Indian Air Force pilot.

The agency issued a statement on Friday saying all domestic and global flights will be allowed to and from the cities of Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta. He was captured by Pakistan this week, marking a dramatic pause in steadily deteriorating relations between the nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.

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.

People in Pakistan and India feel that dialogue and not war is the only way to settle all disputes between the two countries. "The country is facing challenging times and it will fight, live, work and win unitedly".

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