Pakistan is preparing to hand over a captured Indian pilot as shelling continued for a third night across the disputed Kashmir border even as the two nuclear-armed neighbors seek to defuse the most serious confrontation in two decades.

Tens of thousands of Indian and Pakistani soldiers face off against each other along the disputed Himalayan border known as the Line of Control in one of the world most volatile regions.

Tensions have been running high since Indian aircraft crossed into Pakistan on Tuesday. Pakistan retaliated, shooting down two Indian aircraft and capturing a pilot.

Defense officials display a part of an air-to-air AMRAAM missile which was allegedly fired by Pakistani Air Force aircraft violating Indian airspace, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Defense officials display a part of an air-to-air AMRAAM missile which was allegedly fired by Pakistani Air Force aircraft violating Indian airspace, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

World leaders have scrambled to head off an all-out war on the Asian subcontinent.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister is expected in Islamabad later Friday.

FILE - This image taken from video released by Pakistan's military, shows what they claim to be an Indian pilot who was captured after his plane was shot down by Pakistan's Air Force in the country's part of Kashmir. (Pakistan military via AP, File)
FILE – This image taken from video released by Pakistan’s military, shows what they claim to be an Indian pilot who was captured after his plane was shot down by Pakistan’s Air Force in the country’s part of Kashmir. (Pakistan military via AP, File)
An Indian police officer keeps guard at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Feb. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
An Indian police officer keeps guard at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Feb. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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