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Pakistan showed responsible behavior by returning captured Indian pilot, says PM on 2nd anniversary of Operation Swift Retort.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has congratulated the entire nation and saluted Armed Forces on the 2nd Anniversary of Operation Swift Retort.
Taking to Twitter, PM wrote that as a proud and confident nation, Pakistan responded with a determined resolve to India's illegal and reckless military adventure of air strikes against Pakistan.

He further wrote that Pakistan showed responsible behaviour in the face of India's irresponsible military brinkmanship, by returning the captured Indian pilot (Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman).

Imran Khan said that Pakistan has always stood for peace and remain ready to move forward to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue.

Prime Minister also welcomed the restoration of the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC), saying that the responsibility for enabling the environment for further progress rests with India.

The premier urged the Indian government to take the necessary steps to meet the long-standing demand for the right to self-determination of the people of Kashmir.

On February 27, 2019, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) carried out Operation Swift Retort and shot down two Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter aircraft and dropped bombs within the compounds of Indian military facilities in occupied Kashmir – as a warning to the country’s belligerent neighbour.

The Pakistani military had lived up to its promise to ‘surprise’ India in wake of any misadventure, saying that ‘uncalled-for aggression’ from the Indian military ‘would not go unpunished.

The operation also resulted in the capture of an Indian pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, after his Mig-21 was shot down. The pilot was later handed over to Indian authorities as ‘a goodwill gesture’.