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Pakistan frees captured Indian pilot in 'gesture of peace'

Hours after Abhinandan's release, fighting resumed on Saturday, with at least seven people, including five civilians and two soliders, killed on either side of the disputed Kashmir border.

Pakistan's military said two of its soldiers were killed in an exchange of fire with Indian forces near the Line of Control that separates Kashmir between the rivals.

The pilot's capture had become the centrepiece of hostilities between the arch-rivals since a suicide bombing in Kashmir last month killed 40 Indian paramilitaries.

Havaldar Abdul Rub and Naik Khuram, the two Pakistani soldiers who embraced martyrdom on Saturday at the de facto border in Kashmir, were laid to rest with full military honours in their native town of Dera Ghazi Khan.

It marked the first fatalities for Pakistani troops since Wednesday, when tensions dramatically escalated between the nuclear-armed neighbors over Kashmir, which is split between them but claimed by both in its entirety. He said several homes were destroyed by Indian shelling.

Pakistan said it did not use F-16s in shooting down the Indian fighter jet when it crossed the Line of Control.

Indore: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh praised Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for returning the Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman to India without "bargaining" for which he faced "ire" from ISI and Pakistan Army.

Tensions between India and Pakistan have been running high since Indian aircraft launched a strike in Pakistan on Tuesday in response to a February 14 suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 troops.

"But the Modi government not just gave it legitimacy by attending but in turn got India labelled a terrorist country and an occupier in Kashmir", said the former Union Minister.

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Pakistan's military nevertheless said its air force and navy "continue to be alert and vigilant", but that it would respect the ceasefire.

New Delhi said its bombing on Tuesday was part of a counter-terrorism operation that killed hundreds of extremists hiding in neighbouring Pakistan.

Jaitley dismissed suggestions that the rapid escalation in tensions with Pakistan had anything to do with India's domestic politics ahead of a general election due by May. The country's top civil and military leadership declared the violation of airspace by Indian fighter jets "uncalled for aggression" and decided that the country would respond at a "time and place of its choosing".

Kashmir has been divided between the 2 countries since their independence and bitter split in 1947.

On February 28, the Foreign Office said it received a dossier on the Pulwama attack from the Indian government.

India's feverish social media also slammed the video, which was tweeted by the Pakistan government but later taken off its official account.

"These battles are fought on our bodies, in our homes and fields, and we still don't have anything in our hands".

An Indian woman and her two children died after her house was hit by a mortar shell.

Mughal reported from Muzafarabad, Pakistan.

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