‘Goodwill gesture, not pressure’ the reason behind Indian pilot’s release: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Thursday categorically rejected the impression that the release of captured Indian air force pilot by Pakistan last February, was made under any pressure.
"There was no pressure on the Pakistani government to release Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan," Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said at the weekly press briefing, held here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"The release was made as a message of peace and goodwill," he said.
The Spokesperson was responding to a query regarding the statement of a politician of Pakistan Muslim League-N, who alleged that pilot Abhinandan was released under pressure after his fighter aircraft was downed inside the Pakistan territory.
The Spokesperson said Pakistan’s Armed Forces were still ready to deal with all threats.
“India will find the leadership, the people and Armed Forces of Pakistan ready in the event of any misadventure against its territories as evidently demonstrated in February last year," he added.
He said India was involved in terrorist activities inside Pakistan and its spies had been caught several times.
He said India’s involvement in the recent bomb blast at a madressah in Peshawar could not be ruled out. - APP