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Pak needs to do more to fight terror: V K Singh

Ghaziabad: Union Minister and former Army chief V K Singh on Friday said he was happy that Pakistan was releasing Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, but the neighbouring country needs to do a "lot more" to fight terrorism.

The Centre is taking "appropriate measures" and "such steps are not revealed", the minister of state for external affairs told reporters on the sidelines of an event in his Lok Sabha constituency when asked about the Centre's next step amid the escalating

tension between India and Pakistan.

"Returning #WingCommanderAbhinandan is a welcome move, however, it is the first of many steps that #Pakistan must take to reinforce their commitment to peace. We need an affirmative and verifiable action by Pakistan against terrorism," he said in a tweet.

Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan on Wednesday, is set to return home on Friday, a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced his release as a "gesture of peace". "It must be understood that #Pakistan has not done us a favour by returning #WingCommanderAbhinandan. Under the #GenevaConvention, a serving soldier captured during conflict has to be returned.

"We must not forget that after 1971, we released over 90,000 PoW from Pakistan (sic)," he said in tweeted later.

On Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi not attending a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) being

hosted by the United Arab Emirates, Singh said, "It's Qureshi's brain, let them do what they want."

Qureshi on Friday announced he will not attend the meeting over the grouping's failure to rescind the invitation to his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj.

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