Pakistan awaits Shakirullah’s body in exchange of pilot Abhinandan’s safe return


LAHORE (DNA) – Family of Pakistani inmate Shakirullah, who was stoned to death by Indian prisoners at Central Jail in Rajasthan, has reached Wagah Border to receive his body.Shakirullah was in Indian jail since 2001. However, he was murdered on February 20 after India leveled false allegations against Pakistan of being involved in the Pulwama attack.The Indian authorities had decided to hand over the body to the family in an exchange of Abhinandan‘s safe return.Earlier, Pakistan handed over captured Indian pilot to Indian authorities at Wagah border in a “peace gesture”.Abhinandan’s MiG-21 jet was shot down over Kashmir on Wednesday, after a dogfight in the skies over the disputed Himalayan region which sent tensions between India and Pakistan to their highest levels in years and alarmed world powers, who issued calls for restraint.The latest confrontation between the neighbours erupted after a suicide bombing in Indian Occupied Kashmir killed over 40 Indian troops on February 14.Twelve days later Indian warplanes violated Pakistani airspace and dropped payload in haste as they were chased by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets.