On Friday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced the release of Varthaman, terming his decision "a peace gesture". His handover took several hours as procedures including a medical checkup to verify his health and condition were completed before he was turned over to Indian officials.
Thousands of Indians, some waving flags and singing, gathered Friday to give a hero's welcome to an air force pilot due to be returned across the border after being shot down by Pakistan.
IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was taken prisoner on Wednesday, February 27, after his MiG-21 was shot down after it reportedly crossed the Line of Control while chasing the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets that had breached the Indian airspace.
Speaking earlier on Thursday, Modi spoke in strong words against Pakistan, urging his nation to "stand like a wall" against an enemy he said "supports terror".
India's foreign ministry had demanded the pilot's immediate release and said his treatment was a "vulgar display of an injured personnel of the Indian Air Force in violation of all norms of global humanitarian law and the Geneva Convention". It said it also foiled an attack by Pakistan warplanes over Kashmir and shot down one Pakistani plane.
They are on their way to Amritsar to receive their son at the Attari-Wagah border.
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Pakistan held Abhinandan after fighter jets of both nations engaged in an air battle following an unsuccessful attempt to target Indian military installations in retaliatory strikes.
The agency said in a statement that all domestic and worldwide flights would resume to and from the cities of Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta.
It said other airports, including the one in the eastern city of Lahore that borders India, will remain closed until March 4. The country had closed its airspace on Wednesday following the escalation, causing disruptions to global air traffic.
Residents of the Pakistani border town of Chikhoti reported heavy shelling overnight and Friday morning.
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.
India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from Britain and partition in 1947.
Ferozepur: The Border Security Force (BSF) in Punjab's Ferozepur has arrested an Indian national near border outpost, Maboke and seized a mobile phone with Pakistani SIM card, in use, from his possession.