Following Pakistani PM Imran Khan's declaration to release Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman as a gesture of peace, a Pakistani citizen on Friday filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court to stop it.

Source: India Today

According to News18, the petitioner was of the opinion that Wing Commander Varthaman had committed crimes against Pakistan and must be tried there.

Source: India Today

However, his petition has been denied by the Islamabad High Court.

Varthaman had earlier been captured by the Pakistani army following a fierce engagement between the air forces of both sides along the LoC.

Source: News18

The Pakistani government on Thursday had decided to release him in order to open negotiations after a terror attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed had left 40 CRPF personnel dead.

Source: Hindustan Times

Wing Commander Varthaman is likely to be handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah border on Friday afternoon.